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UMBC blanked by UMass Lowell in 2OT, 1-0

UMBC could not capitalize on any of their 18 shots as they were blanked by UMass Lowell in a double overtime loss.

UMBC could not capitalize on any of their 18 shots as they were blanked by UMass Lowell in a double overtime loss.

Late in the game, in double overtime, UMass Lowell earned the lone goal of the contest to beat the UMBC women’s soccer team on Thursday night, 1-0.

In the 103rd minute Jaymee Vieira stole the ball away from the Retrievers, moved the ball over to a teammate in the box and Katelyn Vieira headed it past UMBC goalkeeper Leah Roth to give the Retrievers their first home loss of the season.

It was the only error between the goalkeepers that has been pitching shutouts until that point. Roth finished the game with seven saves while Riverhawks goalkeeper Julia Schneider finished with six and the team finished with seven.

But it was not as if neither offense has many chances in the low-scoring game. Combined, the two teams ripped off 40 shots and had seven total corner kicks. UMass Lowell just edged UMBC on shots 22-18, and 8-7 in shots on goal.

Wren Aye and Nikki Sadd led UMBC with four shots each.

UMass Lowell had the first good chance to score in the game when Shannon Groffie ripped off a shot in the sixth minute. However, her attempt was save by Roth. Groffie got another shot off less than four minutes later, but that one went wide.

Groffie continued leading the Riverhawk’s push toward a goal early in the game. In the 13th minute Groffie went a corner kick into the box to Vieira. UMBC got a lucky break when her first shot of the game hit the cross bar. Groffie ripped a shot in the 16th minute that was blocked. However, a few minutes later UMass Lowell had a shot at the net, but it was saved by Roth.

UMass Lowell out-shot UMBC 11-4 in the opening half.

The Retriever’s best opportunity to score came in the 22nd minute when Aye got a shot at the goal off, but Schneider made her lone save of the first half.

UMBC really picked things up in the second half, ripping off 13 shots and forcing six saves.

In just the 50th minute Off a corner kick sent in by Saad, Sydney Donovan took a shot from the box, but it was booted off the line by a Riverhawks defender. The assault continued, however. Alexa Quaranta followed soon with a shot that went wide and in the 53rd minute Jessica Hopkins had a shot saved.

Gabby Boehmer broke through for UMBC in the 57th minute off a corner kick. Saad sent a corner kick into the box. Boehmer toed the ball towards the goal. Schneider was able to stop the shot, but not collect it. Boehmer quickly ran to the close ball for a follow-up shot, but that went wide.

Heading down the stretch of regulation Aye had another opportunity to give UMBC a victory, but Schneider made the save.

In overtime, UMBC was never able to get a good shot off – just one wide attempt by Saad in the 101st minute.

Carolyn Ragon headed a shot towards the UMBC goal in the 93rd minute. Roth saved that one, but 10 minutes later Roth couldn’t make the save on Vieira’s shot that ended the game.

UMBC will seek their first road victory of the year after a week off when they travel to Vermont before returning home to host Stony Brook on Sunday Oct. 16 at 1 pm.

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