MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-4) at UMBC (0-5)
Friday, September 7, 2018, 7 pm
Retriever Soccer Park, Baltimore, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers enter Friday night's tilt with UMBC with a 1-4 record on the season. The Mount is coming off a 2-1 loss at Radford on Sunday. Trailing 2-0 in the second half, the Mount cut the deficit in half on a solid free kick strike from Kayla Hughes. Despite carrying play the rest of the way, the Mount was unable to get the equalizing goal. Maddie Tchou, the reigning Northeast Conference (NEC) Rookie of the Week, leads the Mount with two goals this year. Charlotte Elrod (3.67 GAA, .542 SV Pct., 3 starts) and Maggie Barron (1.50 GAA, .625 SV Pct., 2 starts) have manned the goal for the Mountaineers.
ABOUT UMBC: UMBC enters Friday's game with an 0-5 record this season after a 2-1 loss at Loyola this past Sunday. The Retrievers have losses to NEC members Robert Morris (1-0) and Saint Francis U (4-0) this season. Christian Corbi and Erin Stevenson each have one goals this season for UMBC while Leah Roth has started all five games in goal, recording a 2.89 goals against average and a .618 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began in 1992. The Mount's last win over the Retrievers was a 3-0 victory on September 13, 2015, at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mount has won three of the last five games in the series, including a 1-0 win at UMBC on August 23, 2013. The Mount is 1-5 all-time on the road against the Retrievers.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: UMBC edged the Mount, 1-0, at Waldron Family Stadium last season. Olivia Bronson's long strike late in the first half proved to be the difference in UMBC's narrow victory. The Retrievers held a 14-12 edge in shots in the game. Mount goalkeeper Charlotte Elrod made three saves while UMBC keeper Leah Roth also had three saves, including a solid stop on a Logue header midway through the second half. For a full recap, click HERE.
ABOUT LOYOLA: Loyola enters tonight's game with Towson with a 2-3 record on the season. The Greyhounds are coming off a 2-1 win over UMBC on Sunday while the other win came against NEC preseason favorite Saint Francis U, 1-0. Hannah Hoefs leads the team with a pair of goals while Sumer Rahe has started all five games in goal, posting a 1.00 goals against average and a .783 save percentage.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Loyola holds a 9-1 lead in the all-time series with the Mount that began back in 1992. The Mount snapped a nine-game losing streak to Loyola with a 3-1 road victory last season. The Mountaineers are 0-4 all-time at home against Loyola, including a 3-1 loss on August 19, 2016.
LAST YEAR'S MATCHUP: The Mountaineers snapped a nine-game losing streak to Loyola with a 3-1 road victory last season. Sarah Harmon, Maria Buonomo and Kayla Hughes scored the Mountaineer goals in the win. Harmon put the Mount on top in the 36th minute, converting a Hannah Logue pass from in front. Buonomo's first collegiate goal, a header off a Jenna West corner kick, with just over 20 minutes remaining proved to be the game winner. Hughes added an insurance goal in the 81st minute with a long shot that beat Loyola keeper Sumer Rahe. For a full recap, click HERE.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Maddie Tchou was named Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week on Wednesday. Tchou scored her first two collegiate goals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Howard, 2-1, last Friday. She provided all of the Mount offense in the team's victory over Howard at Waldron Family Stadium. The freshman tapped home a cross from Gianna Pomykacz just 3:27 into the game to put the Mountaineers on top. After Howard scored a late first half goal to even the score, Tchou provided the winning goal with 1:49 remaining in the game. Tchou is the 15th player in Mount history to earn an NEC Rookie of the Week award.
PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: The Mountaineers were picked ninth in the annual Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll. Two-time defending champion Saint Francis U is the preseason favorite.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Mount returns to action on Sunday, September 16, with a 1:00 p.m. home game against Delaware State. The Mountaineers will honor this year's senior class prior to the contest.