By Najib Aminy
The Stony Brook women’s soccer team scored their way past the Retrievers of the University of Maryland: Baltimore County, carrying momentum into the last stretch of their regular season play. Winning three of the last four games, the Lady Seawolves recorded two shut outs against both Hartford and Vermont, winning 1-0, and defeating UMBC 2-1 on Sunday, October 12.
The Seawolves found themselves behind very early in the game when UMBC sophomore forward Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, DE) shot a header into the goal off a parallel pass from Retrievers’ freshman Danielle Kell (Willards, MD). Determined to beat the low-tier “other” team from the University of Maryland, the Seawolves answered back in the twenty-fifth minute of the game when senior forward Trine Allenberg (Roberts, WI) fired the ball off a corner kick to the boot of fellow senior forward Brooke Barbuto (Syracuse, NY) who then shot the ball past UMBC’s goalie for her third goal of the season.
It appeared that the Lady Seawolves took the first half as practice, out shooting UMBC 11-5 and taking five corner kicks to UMBC’s nil. Despite the high number of shots taken by Stony Brook, the score remained at 1-1 heading into the second half.
Nearly twelve minutes into the second half, the Lady Seawolves took advantage of another corner kick as Allenberg rocketed a pass to sophomore midfielder Sarah Dwyer (Laurel, MD) that was blocked by UMBC’s senior goalkeeper Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, MD). It was off Bacinski’s block that Stony Brook red-shirted freshman midfielder Holly Razzaghi took advantage and fired a shot above Bacinski to break the tie.
From that point, the Lady Seawolves’ defense took over allowing UMBC to fire only three times in the remaining thirty-five minutes of the game. The Lady Seawolves out shot UMBC a total of 16-9, of which nine of their shots were on target. The Seawolves also had seven corner kicks to UMBC’s one.
Seawolves junior goalkeeper Amanda Hemme recorded a total of four saves indicating UMBC’s failure to acknowledge where the goalie was. With a valiant effort that proved to come up short, UMBC’s Bacinski recorded six saves.
The win improves the Seawolves record to 7-6 and 3-1 in American East conference play while UMBC dismally falls to 2-13 and 1-4 in American East play. The Lady Seawolves finish the remainder of their season against all conference teams, of which they are currently placed as third. The Lady Seawolves have their next home games on October 23 against Binghamton at 7 pm and their regular season finale against Maine on October 26.