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Women’s Soccer vs. Binghamton Preview

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Ok time to get dow to business.  The women’s soccer team was…horrible during non-conference play only scoring two goals, one win, and being shutout a whooping 8 times in 10 games but granted- they played a very difficult schedule.  But all of that went out the window with Sundays win against the top team in the conference, Maine.  I’m not saying the women’s team is amazing by any means I’m just saying that they showed me that they can play hard for 90 minutes against a tough team.  But on Thursday they will be challenged again with a difficult matchup against the number two team in the conference: Binghamton.  Binghamton just recently got beat by New hampshire and you know they will be pumped to comeback and win. 

Binghamton is lead by four good scorers: Dani Raske (4 goals), Charlotte Foster, Stefani Knopick, and AnneMarie Rizzi (two goals each).  And they also have a good goalie in Jen McEachron.

Now on to the important team- UMBC.  They have to build off the confidence after upsetting Maine.  They have made a few changes that we should hope work out.  Former all freshman team defender Morgan Warrington has been moved up to forward after scoring the only two goals for the team before the game against Maine.  And Catie Bukowski is back but like last year there is a rotation of goalies that can backfire at times.  But all three goalies are good: Bukowski, Chrstine Bacinski, and Mo Van Vlerah.  So if the Warrington gets comfortable at forward and they choose the most consitant and ready goalie for the game (Bacinski) they might pull off another win.

Written by Corey Johns

September 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

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Three Sports: Three Freshman of the Week

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Wow thats pretty amazing.  In the three sports that UMBC sporsors in the fall that gives out a freshman of the week all were swept by UMBC athletes :Andrew Bulls, Danielle Kell, ad Alyssa Lang. 

Bulls and Lang are pretty much dominating their sports but I’d like to first congratulate Danielle Kell who got co-rookie of the week with Stony Brook’s Colleen McKenna.  Kell hit a beautiful shot in the 61st minute of the game on Sunday against maine for a huge upset.  Good job.

But More impressively Alyssa Lang receiver the award for the fifth time this season in as many weeks, which ties teammate Ashley Oscars record for most consecutive awards. 

While Bulls scored his fifth goal of the season against Mount St. Mary’s to get his third award, which was shared with L.J. Papaleo of Albany.

Ok I’m going to go out on a short limb here and say Bulls and Lang are locks for Rookie’s of the year.  Bulls leads all freshman in points and as does Lang in kills.  I just hope both of them can keep it all up for conference play when their performance actually counts towards something.

Written by Corey Johns

September 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Major Upset by Women’s Soccer

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ok I have to admit, I didn’t think the women’s team had a shot to win the game.  They were shutout 8 times in 10 games with only two goals and one win and Maine was the top team in the conference.  But I have to give it to the girls.  They played absolutey amazing in the game.  The didn’t allow very much from Maine at all- giving them just six shots and shutting them out.  And how about Danielle Kell getting her first goal.  Well lets hope the team can build on this win as they take on the number two team in the conference on Thursday: Binghamton.

Written by Corey Johns

September 28, 2008 at 8:28 pm

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Our Maine Focus

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Ahh the conference play offically start tomorrow with women’s soccer hosting Maine.  Right now the team has only been on the winning side once in their ten game season and have only scored twice, both by Morgan Warrington. 

It gets a little worse- UMBC has never beaten Maine and have only scored once.

But I’m going to build up the game- because I have to.

Conference play is always called “The second season” because nothing matters before then.  At the America East level you can be undefeated out of the conference but unless you win the conference you probably won’t make any NCAA tournaments.  UMBC has played a very tough non-conference schedule this year with- um- no easy games on the schedule.  Bucknell won the Colonial last year and then you get one of the top defenses in Villanova followed by Georgetown and Patriot league champs American.  Then after that the team had the priveledge of getting Sacred Heart (who they beat), Richmond, N.C. State, Drexel, Elon, and Pennsylvania.  Pretty crazy schedule if you ask me. 

So maybe playing against top teams will better prepare the team for Maine.  Lets Hope

Written by Corey Johns

September 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Loyola Cancelled

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National ranked Loyola was scheduled to play against UMBC today but after terrential down pours the game was moved to UMBC stadium which didn’t matter.  After just thirteen minutes the referees decided to postpone the game and eventually decided to cancel it because the field was flooded.  The two teams could not rework the game back into their schedule to the coaches decided to cancel it and replay next year.

With the cancelation the Men’s Soccer team has two days off and will focus on playing Maine next Saturday (October 4th).

Written by Corey Johns

September 27, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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Better Late Than Never

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With the first conference games getting underway this week at UMBC.  I wanted to start this blog at the beginning of the year but things made me push it back.  Either way I will be covering all UMBC sports all year to hopefully raise interest in the programs.  Like I said- Better Late than never!

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September 27, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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