With three goals this fall, junior forward Jessy Brown leads the UMBC women’s soccer team. Five other players have scored at least one goal, but the 5 foot 10 Brown tends to fuel the offense.
The pressure is on Brown to spark the Retrievers (5-4-2), but she said she is fine with that burden.
"There’s a little bit of pressure, but I don't mind it," she said. "I just try not to think about it. I just try to focus on the moment in the game and play."
Brown and the rest of the offense have been hampered by a spate of injuries that has sapped the team of depth. Sophomore midfielder Preslie Quaranta, who was tied for the team lead in goals last year, will sit out this season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee in the spring. Sophomore forward Bria Bass, who tied Quaranta in 2012, has played in only one game due to a lower leg injury.
Junior forward Lilly Rydon is out indefinitely with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury. Freshman forward Destinee Morris will miss the remainder of the year because of a partially torn ACL. Freshman forwards Amanda Dailey and Caitlyn Whitford have been sidelined by MCL injuries, but are working their way back into the lineup.
"I’d be happier if we were healthier," coach Leslie Wray said. "We’ve been banged up and we have players trying to come back to the lineup. We had a short roster to begin with, and I think that's been really hard on this team this season. There's not a lot of turnover. We have to play a lot of the same people [for] a lot of minutes. But it is nice to have 12 goals, and we don't have one scoring 10 of them. We know we're dangerous on set pieces, and now I know we're dangerous off the run."
UMBC has dropped its last two contests, scoring just one goal in losses to Lafayette (1-0 in overtime) on Sept. 25 and Maine (2-1) last Sunday. But Brown said she is not worried about the sudden lack of offense.
"It's not like there was a lack of opportunities," she said. "We had opportunities to score. We just need to get back that focus and composure in front of the goal."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun