BALTIMORE, Md. — The American University women's soccer team nearly won in regulation and almost secured a double overtime tie, but UMBC scored late in both frames to come away with a 3-2 (2OT) win on Friday evening.
American (0-1) dominated the possession in the second half of play, outshooting UMBC, 12-5, in the final 64 minutes of the game. The Eagles finished with a 16-7 edge in attempts.
Fourth-year head coach Anabel Hering split the goalkeeping duties between sophomore Colleen Vivaldi and freshman Morgan Lang. Vivaldi — who played behind graduated seniors Charlene Belanger and Courtney Bembenek as a rookie — made one save during the opening half. Lang played the rest of the way and allowed three goals in 73:55 while picking up one save.
The Retrievers found the back of the net in the 56th minute on an unassisted tally by Alexa Quaranta. She would later tie the contest with 2:45 left to play in regulation to force overtime.
Sophomore Alexandra Taylor tied the contest for American, 1-1, in the 59th minute off a misplayed ball by UMBC keeper Leah Roth. Twenty minutes later, American took the lead off the boot of freshman Charly Slavick from just outside the box.
The Eagles had a chance in the 82nd minute to gain a two-goal advantage on chances by junior Kira Flaherty and sophomore Madie Light. The first opportunity by Flaherty was stopped by Roth and then moments later, Light hit the crossbar.
With three minutes left in the second, UMBC's Rayven Conner served a corner kick by that eventually found Quaranta for her second goal of the night.
Light and classmate Audrey Denkler recorded a shot in the first extra period, while sophomore Yari Bradfield had a chance in the final seven minutes of the second OT.
UMBC finished the contest in the 119th minute on a one-timer pass by Jamie Shiflett to Nikki Saad for the game-winner.
American will get back on the bus and head South to Buies Creek, North Carolina to face Campbell on Sunday afternoon.