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Lafayette Battles UMBC to Scoreless Draw

Aug. 17, 2012

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  1 2 OT F
 Lafayette 0 0 0 0
 UMBC 0 0 0 0
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 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Smedley 110:00 0 7
 UMBC - Kadet 110:00 0 6

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Lafayette women's soccer team opened its 2012 season with a scoreless draw against UMBC on Friday evening at Retriever Soccer Park. Lauren Smedley made seven saves in goal for the Leopards, including two in overtime, for her 21st career shutout.

"I thought we gave a great effort tonight, head coach Mick Statham said. "Our commitment and desire were excellent and we stayed composed throughout the game in both attack and defense. I thought everyone gave a magnificent effort, but special praise has to go to the freshmen, who all applied themselves extremely well in their first college game."

Lafayette held possession for a good portion of the first half, which resulted in two excellent scoring opportunities inside the Retrievers' penalty area. In the 17th minute Jill Dozier found herself alone 12 yards away from goal where she fired a shot that was turned away by Lauren Kadet with a diving left-handed stop to her left. A little less than 10 minutes later, Allison Stone flicked a header into a group of players where Laura Zito brought the ball to her feet and poked a shot off the crossbar. 

UMBC's best opportunity of the opening half came in the 32nd minute and failed to make it on goal as Bria Blass made her way inside the Leopards' 18-yard box and ripped a right-footed shot that was blocked aside by Nicole Brownell

Just prior to halftime, Nicole Lee put a bouncing ball on goal from 20 yards out, but Kadet was able to knock it away from the upper corner. The UMBC keeper finished the night with six saves. 

Following the break, UMBC applied more pressure on the offensive end and put together three quality scoring chances in the half. In the 68th minute, Rachel McKee's shot missed low past the far post after her cross was deflected back to her feet. 

Stephanie Smith gave the Retrievers their next chance to break the tie in the 74th minute when she made her way in behind the Lafayette defense, forcing Smedley out to challenge her at the top of the box as Kelly Boyce came in from the back to break up the play.

A UMBC corner kick in the 86th minute led to a scramble in front of the Lafayette goal and Jessy Brown putting her head on the loose ball. Standing on the post was Kelly Chickering, who cleared the ball off the line.

"It's tough to play in your first game, in general," co-captain Stone said of the freshmen after the match. "Having to deal with the weather as well, I thought they played and acted with maturity and they really contributed tonight."

Less than five minutes into overtime, McKee collected a loose ball behind the Lafayette defense and was in alone on Smedley, but the Leopards' senior keeper came off her line and put a hand on the shot to tip the ball wide of the goal. 

Two minutes later, Brownell had a shot on the other end, but Kadet came up with a big save to send the game into a second overtime. Nearly 30 seconds into the second extra session, Smedley came up with another diving save, this time on UMBC's Brown from 12 yards out. 

Lafayette held the edge in shots, 14-12, while UMBC took six corners to Lafayette's five. 


The game was delayed 1:07 due to lightning before the start of the second half.

Lauren Smedley became Lafayette's all-time leader in minutes played for goalkeepers, passing Ashley Wesmiller '03.

Smedley is now two saves shy of Wesmiller (305) for second in Lafayette history with 303 career saves. 

Smedley's 21st career shutout moves her into ninth in Patriot League History.

Five freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the game; Anna Wissler, Samantha Potoczak, Allie Torru, Madison Murray and Kelly Chickering.

Lafayette moves to 8-10-5 all-time in season opening games.