BALTIMORE - A late goal in the second half was the difference-maker as the UMBC women's soccer team fell, 1-0, to the UAlbany Great Danes on Sunday afternoon.
UAlbany came out of the gates firing as they put two shots on net in the first 10 minutes, with Jade Wilkins (Stoney Beach, Md./The Catholic High School) making the stops.
The Great Danes put back-to-back shots on goal in the 20th minute, but Wilkins made both saves to keep them off the board.
UMBC's only shot of the first half came at the 29:05 mark when Danielle Fuentes (Rockville, Md./Magruder) sent a shot towards the net but UAlbany's keeper made a play to keep it out.
In the 36th minute, Wilkins made a big play as she saved a UAlbany penalty kick to keep the game scoreless.
Early in the second half, three Retrievers - Meredith Webber (Yardley, Pa.), Juliana Rafaniello (Old Bridge, N.J.), and Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J.) each but none were able to connect with the goal.
Fuentes and Corbi each had chances late in the half but had their shots stopped by the Great Danes keeper.
UAlbany got onto the board in the 83rd minute when Jada Colbert put a shot past Wilkins for the 1-0 lead.
In the 84th minute, Webber almost tied the game off after she tapped a ball that landed at her feet after a corner kick, but UAlbany was able to make the save.
FOR THE RECORD
UAlbany moves to 5-3-2 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play, while UMBC falls to 1-7-2 on the year and 0-2-0 in America East play.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Great Danes outshot the Retrievers, 26-9, including an 11-1 advantage in the first half.
UAlbany held a slight 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Fuentes and Corbi led the Retrievers with three shots apiece.
MINDING THE NET
Sophia Chen earned her third shutout of the season, making five saves in the win. Wilkins made a career-high 11 saves in net for the Retrievers.
ONTO THE NEXT ONE
The Retrievers will hit the road for three games, starting with a trip to Stony Brook on Thursday, October 3. The game is set for 6 p.m.