UMBC's Historic Season Ends in NCAA 1st Round
BLACKSBURG, Va. - In a season of firsts for the UMBC women's soccer program, the Retrievers played in their first NCAA tournament game on Friday evening against top-seeded Virginia Tech. The Hokies came out on top, 2-0, over UMBC, ending a historic season for the Retrievers.
UMBC had the best turnaround in America East history, going from 0-5-3 in 2012 to 6-2-0 in 2013, earning a share of the America East regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The turnaround was the second-best in the nation this season.
Achored by goalkeeper Lauren Kadet, the Retrievers kept No. 1 Virginia Tech off the board in the first 38 minutes of the game. The Hokies broke through in the 39th minute, when Shannon Mayrose headed home a cross from Taylor Antolino.
Kadet finished the game with seven saves and finishes her career as the UMBC all-time leader in saves.
Virginia Tech added to its lead in the second half as Ashley Manning found the net from 12-yards out in the 61st minute.
UMBC finished 13-6-2, the best record in the program's Division I history. The Retrievers had not finished higher than sixth in the America East prior to this season and had won a combined 11 games over the previous six seasons. UMBC went on to win its first America East tournament title and become the first team in conference history to go from last place to conference champions in one season.