Emmitsburg, Md. (August 20, 2017) – Olivia Bronson's long strike late in the first half proved to be enough as UMBC edged Mount St. Mary's University, 1-0, in the Mount's home opener on Sunday. Waldron Family Stadium saw its largest crowd ever at a women's soccer game at 650 people.
Just minutes before Bronson's goal, the Mount had a solid scoring opportunity of its own. Gianna Pomykacz put a nice move on a Retrievers defender deep in the offensive zone before working her way towards the end line. Pomykacz sent a ball into the middle of the box where Amanda Britain was stationed just a few yards from goal. Britain corralled the pass, but her shot sailed just high of goal, as the game remained even.
With just over two minutes remaining in the first period, Bronson received a short pass from Nikki Sad and fired a long shot from around 30 yards out just over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Charlotte Elrod and into the top left corner of the net. The tally was the first of the rookie Bronson's career, and proved to be the eventual game winner.
Midway through the second period, the Mount had one of its best scoring chances of the tilt. A headed ball in the box found its way over to rookie Hannah Logue who was near the far post. Logue's header from just a few yards out was denied by UMBC goalie Leah Roth, preserving the one-goal Retrievers' lead.
Mount St. Mary's had a couple shots in the final minutes of regulation, but wasn't able to find the tying goal as UMBC went on for the 1-0 victory.
Elrod, who made her first career start in net for the Mount, stopped three shots in the game. Roth also made three saves in the winning effort in goal for UMBC.
With the win, the Retrievers improved to 1-0-1 on the year while the Mount suffered its first defeat of the season, dropping to 1-1.
The Mount begins a four-game road swing with a matchup at Howard on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m.