Women's Soccer Falls to UMBC, 1-0, In Season Opener
BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC forward Alex Quaranta’s goal in the 30th minute proved to be the game winner over Navy, 1-0, Friday night at Retriever Soccer Park. Navy will look ahead to its match against UConn Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium at 1 p.m.
“We generated a lot of chances tonight but we unfortunately did not have the goal-scoring instinct in the box,” Navy head coach Carin Gabarra said. “Despite the loss, we have a good idea on how to recover from it and move forward.”
Navy (0-1) held advantages in shots, 15-11, corner kicks, 12-8 and saves, 5-4. UMBC (1-0) edged the Mids in shots on goal, 6-5.
UMBC found the first scoring opportunity in the 30th minute to grab the early 1-0 lead. Retriever midfielder Amira Walcott drove a pass from midfield to lead a streaking Quaranta into the 18-yard box. Quaranta settled the pass, took two touches and snuck a low liner past Navy sophomore goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby.
In the 41st minute, a UMBC defender was called for a hand ball inside the 18-yard box and Navy was awarded a penalty kick. Senior midfielder Rachel Hunter (Raleigh, N.C.) was given the honor to take the penalty kick but her shot was denied by UMBC’s Jen Nance.
With the score 1-0 UMBC through the first half, Navy looked to even the score in the next 45 minutes. The Mids first scoring opportunity of the half came in the 71st minute. Sophomore forward Cat Macklin (McLean, Va.) grabbed possession of a loose ball, inside the 18-yard box, and sent a shot that beat the goalkeeper but a UMBC defender kept the ball from crossing the goal line to keep the Mids off the score board.
Navy’s next best chance came in the 79th minute off a corner kick. Senior defender Julie Schumacher sent the corner kick towards the back post with sophomore Rachel Feldman (Danville, Calif.) in position for the header. Feldman, with an open look, sent her header just over the cross bar and was unable to send in the equalizer.
In her second career start, Wetherby (0-1) converted six saves on seven chances. Nance (1-0) stopped all four shots on net to record her first career shutout.