Oct. 28, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 8 Maryland Terrapin women's soccer team (12-2-2, 4-2-2 ACC) hosts No. 11 Wake Forest (12-3-2, 4-2-2 ACC) Thursday night in a 7 p.m. game that will have a tremendous impact on both teams' seeding in next week's ACC Tournament.
ACC Tournament Bound
For the first time since 2005 the Terps have locked up a spot in the ACC Tournamet, which begins next week on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. Seedings, pairings and game times will be made official on Monday following a league conference call.
The Terps remained at No. 8 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 after going on the road and handing Clemson a 3-0 loss. Maryland moved up one spot in this week's NSCAA Top 25. The Terrapin are up to 12th with 457 points.
Scouting The Terps
After going a perfect 8-0 in its non-conference schedule and dropping its first two ACC contests, the Terps have gone 4-0-2 in its last six outings and hold the conference's longest unbeaten streak.
|2009 Maryland Terrapins: 12-2-2, 4-2-2 ACC (Soccer America #8, NSCAA #12)|
Maryland opened its 2009 season with a two-game road trip to New York for games at Army and Fordham. In the season opener at Army, the Terrapins dominated the Black Knights en route to a 3-0 shutout victory. After a scoreless first half, sophomore Ashley Grove got the Terps on the board with the team's first goal of the year off an assist by senior Megan Watson. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Jasmyne Spencer tallied her first collegiate goal. Senior goalkeeper Mary Casey started the play with a good punt, which was then flicked on by junior Caitlin McDowell. The third goal came was an unassisted blast by freshman Caitlin Mooney.
After the Army win, Maryland moved to the Bronx to challenge the Fordham Rams. This time the Terps got on the board midway through the first half when freshman Olivia Wagner played the ball through to Spencer, who beat her defender and finished from 20 yards out with a low shot. Fordham tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute, but it took Maryland less than 30 seconds to score the go-ahead goal. Once again it was Spencer scoring the goal, with the assist going to Grove, to give Maryland the 2-1 victory.
The Terps continued their winning ways in their home opener on Friday, August 28 against Seton Hall. Freshmen Olivia Wagner and Caitlin Mooney scored goals for Maryland, leading the Terrapins to a 2-0 victory over the Pirates. Wagner scored the first goal on a 25-yard blast that was too much for the Seton Hall keeper to handle in the 51st minute. Mooney added the insurance goal on a quick turn-and-shoot effort in the 81st minute.
The undefeated streak was in jeopardy for a half in the Terps' game against Loyola. The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but that didn't stand up for long. Sophomore Sade Ayinde, who was inserted into the line-up at the beginning of the second half, scored in the 51st minute to knot the score at 1-1. Less than a minute later freshman Danielle Hubka gave Maryland the lead with a 30-yard shot into the upper right 90. After the Greyhounds tied the match in the next minute, the Terps regained the lead in the 53rd minute on another Ayinde goal. Ayinde was on the giving end of Terps' fourth goal,playing a give-and-go with freshman Caitlin Mooney, who finished from 15 yards into the lower left corner. SophomoreAshley Grove finished off the scoring with a 40-yard rip from the far left side of the field, giving the Terps a 5-2 victory.
Maryland faced its toughest test so far on Sept. 4 in traditional powerhouse Santa Clara, but a goal by sophomore Ashley Grove propelled the Terps to a 1-0 victory. Senior keeper Mary Casey made five stops to earn her third shutout of the season.
The Terps were not sharp when they played at American on Sept. 9, but Maryland still found a way to win the game - a 1-0 decision. Jasmyne Spencer scored the lone goal of the game in the 49th minute with the assist going to Caitlin McDowell.
Maryland won its third-straight 1-0 decision on Sept. 11 when it defeated James Madison, an NCAA Sweet 16 team from 2008. For the fourth time this season the game was 0-0 at the half, but the Terps came out fast in the second half, putting pressure on the Dukes. Maryland had a goal taken off the board when the referee blew an early whistle in the 47th minute. The Terps were awarded a penalty shot on the play, but JMU goalkeeper Diane Wszalek came up with the stop to keep the game scoreless. That's how it would remain until the 60th minute when junior Molly Dreska put in her first career goal. Sophomore Ashley Grove made a hard run down the left side and crossed the ball back to the middle of the field to Dreska. Dreska then tried a fake to buy some space, but the JMU defender played her tightly. That didn't matter, because Dreska created a sliver of space and rifled a shot to the back post, past a diving Wszalek, to give the Terps the 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 victory-streak came to an end, but the winning streak stayed alive with a 3-1 win over Brown in the Terps' non-conference finale. The victory gave the Terps (8-0-0) their first undefeated record in non-conference play since 1996. That season Maryland was 13-0 in regular season non-conference games. Molly Dreska continued her hot streak, scoring the first two goals for the Terps. Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer, who picked up an assist on Dreska's second goal, scored the insurance goal for Maryland.
Maryland opened its conference schedule with the difficult five-day road trip to Florida. The Terps showed they can hang with the nation's elite by giving the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles all they could handle. In the end, FSU came away with a 2-1 victory, but Maryland showed its mettle. After falling behind 1-0, sophomore Jasmyne Spencer scored her sixth goal of the season to tie the game. The Seminoles got the go-ahead goal late in the first half to seal the win. After that the Terps went to Miami and gave up two set-piece goals to the Hurricanes and dropped a 2-0 decision in Coral Gables.
Four different goal scorers gave Maryland its first conference win of the season, a 4-0 drubbing of Duke in Durham, N.C., on Oct. 4. Freshman Danielle Hubka scored the first goal for the Terps for her first career game-winning goal. That score was followed by first-half tallies by junior Molly Dreska and sophomore Jasmyne Spencer and a 90th-minute goal by sophomore Sade Ayinde. Sophomore Lydia Hastings had two assists on the day, while junior Caitlin McDowel, sophomore Domenica Hodak and sophomore Kristen McAfee also had helpers.
After a scoreless first half the Terps got on the board first when redshirt sophomore Mallory Baker scored her first collegiate goal in the 56th minute. Virginia tied the match at 1-1 a few minutes later, but junior Caitlin MdDowell scored in the 79th minute to give Maryland a 2-1 lead. Virginia tied the match at 2-2 on a 90th-minute goal and that's the way things would end, giving each team a point in the conference standings.
Maryland finally returned home to host No. 6 Virginia Tech and the Terps put together another statement game in a 3-1 win over the Hokies. Freshman Danielle Hubka scored to give Maryland a 1-0 lead, but a controversial penalty kick was awarded to VT and it tied the match at 1-1. But less than two minutes later sophomore Ashley Grove got on the end of a Jasmyne Spencer cross to put the Terps back on top. Sophomore Becky Kaplan added her first career goal to lock the game away for Maryland.
On a rainy, cold night the Terps battled No. 7 Boston College to a 1-1 tie. Sophomore Becky Kaplan got Maryland on the board in the 75th minute off assists by sophomore Sade Ayinde and freshman Caitlin Mooney. BC knotted the match in the 83rd minute on a 30-yard shot into the upper right 90 by Kristen Mewis.
For 81 minutes it looked like "Lady Luck" was going to overlook the 10th-ranked Maryland women's soccer team in its game against NC State Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. Posts, crossbars and a stingy Wolfpack defense stifled the Terrapin offense for much of the afternoon, but the Terps rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final nine minutes of regulation and won the game, 3-2, six minutes into the first overtime. Sophomore Ashley Grove finished a cross from sophomore Jasmyne Spencer to cut the Wolfpack lead to one in the 81st minute. Then, with two minutes remaining in the game, junior Molly Dreska got on the end of an Olivia Wagner corner kick and headed it into the far upper corner to send the game into overtime. It was another set piece in the sixth minute of the first overtime that gave Maryland the victory. A foul by the Wolfpack gave Maryland a free kick near midfield. Wagner sent the ball into the box, but the ball didn't find a Terrapin player. Instead the ball found NC State defender Gia Cipollini and her header went into the Wolfpack goal, giving the Terps the 3-2 win on an own goal.
After a scoreless first half, the Terps came out fast and scored three times in the final 45 minutes to top Clemson, 3-0, on the road on Oct. 22. Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer continued her breakout season with two goals, the first on an assist from freshman Danielle Hubka and the second on a rebound put-back off of an Ashely Grove shot that found the post. Grove scored the third goal for Maryland. Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey tied her season high with five saves in the team's seventh shutout of the season.
Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer continues to lead the team in points and goals with 23 and nine, respectively. She also shares the team lead in assists with fellow sophomores Sade Ayinde and Lydia Hastings, who also have five. Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey has played every minute for Maryland so far in net and has a goals-against average of 0.85 with a save percentage of .763.
Scouting The Demon Deacons
Wake Forest enters Thursday's game with a 12-3-2 record overall and a 4-2-2 mark in the ACC.
|2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 12-3-2, 4-2-2 ACC (Soccer America #17, NSCAA #11)|
The Deacs started the season running off seven straight victores before falling to UConn on the road on Sept. 13. Wake then finished up its non-conference slate with a 1-0 win at Alabama-Birmingham. The ACC schedule began with a 4-0 loss at North Carolina and a 0-0 tie at Duke. But after that the Deacs ripped off four-straight wins, including topping No. 3 Florida State, 3-0, at home in Winston Salem. Last week Wake Forest stumbled a bit with a 4-3 home loss to No. 16 Virginia Tech and then going to a scoreless tie with Virginia.
Senior forward Jill Hutchinson is Wake's leading scorer with 25 points on 11 goals and three assists. She is currently fifth in the ACC in points and is tied for third in goals scored. Defensively, junior goalkeeperAmanda Barashahas played in 12 of the Deacs' 17 games and took over the starting duties in the Duke game. Overall she has a 0.65 goals-against average and a .793 save percentage.
The Last Time vs. Wake Forest
Last season Maryland opened its ACC schedule in Winston Salem and dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 14 Demon Deacons.
The last time Wake Forest ventured into Ludwig Field it escaped with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Jill Hutchinson goal in the 88th minute.
At Ludwig Field
Since its opening in 1995, Ludwig Field has proved to be a tremendous home-field advantage for the Terps women's soccer team. All-time Maryland is 97-44-16 (.669) at Ludwig Field.
Through the seasons, the Terps have had a knack for shutting teams out at Ludwig Field. Maryland has won 66 of its 96 victories (68.8%) at Ludwig Field via shutout. Add in the nine 0-0 ties the Terps have had at Ludwig Field and it totals 75 times that Maryland has shutout its opponent in 157 games (47.8%).
So far this season the Terps have scored 35 goals, it highest season output since 2003 (36), but of those 35 goals 29 have come from either freshmen or sophomores. That means that nearly 83 percent of Maryland's goals have come from freshmen or sophomores.
The impact of the underclassmen is also evident when looking at assists. Maryland has 41 assists on the year with 30 of those (73.2 percent) coming from freshmen or sophomores.
Leading the way for the younger Terps is sophomore Jasmyne Spencer, who after going pointless as a freshman in 2008, is enjoying a breakthrough season this year. She started the year with the game-winning goal in the 3-0 win over Army and hasn't slowed up since. She leads the team with 23 points on nine goals and five assists. Her 23 points are already the most for a Terrapin in a season since 2003 when Kimmy Francis finished with 24. Her nine goals is also the most since 2004 when Mallory Mahar also had nine in her All-America season.
Terp Season Highs
|Shots On Goal||14||Loyola (9/1)|
|Corner Kicks||10||James Madison (9/13)|
|Fouls||16||Santa Clara (9/4)|
|Saves||5||at Fordham (8/23)|
|5||Santa Clara (9/4)|
|5||at Florida State (9/24)|
|5||at Clemson (10/22)|
Opponent Season Highs
|Points||7||at Miami (9/27)|
|7||at Virginia (10/8)|
|Goals||2||Five Times, most recent vs. NC State (10/18)|
|Assists||3||at Miami (9/27)|
|3||at Virginia (10/8)|
|Shots||22||Boston College (10/15)|
|Shots On Goal||7||at Florida State (9/24)|
|Corner Kicks||7||at Florida State (9/24)|
|Fouls||13||Virginia Tech (10/11)|
|13||Boston College (10/15)|
|Saves||10||at American (9/9)|
|10||NC State (10/18)|
Terp Individual Highs
|Points||5||Sade Ayinde vs. Loyola (9/1)|
|Goals||2||Jasmyne Spencer at Fordham (8/23)|
|2||Sade Ayinde vs. Loyola (9/1)|
|2||Molly Dreska vs. Brown (9/18)|
|2||Jasmyne Spencer at Clemson (10/22)|
|Assists||2||Megan Watson vs. Loyola (9/1)|
|2||Lydia Hastings at Duke (10/4)|
|2||Jasmyne Spencer vs. Virginia Tech (10/11)|
|Shots||7||Jasmyne Spencer vs. Virginia Tech (10/11)|
|Saves||5||Mary Casey at Fordham (8/23)|
|5||Mary Casey vs. Santa Clara (9/4)|
|5||Mary Casey at Florida State (9/24)|
|5||Mary Casey at Clemson (10/22)|
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