Oct. 22, 2003
FAIRFAX, Va. - Coming off a pair of tough 1-0 losses, Maryland came out with heart and fury as they posted a 2-0 victory over regional rival George Mason on a chilly and windy Wednesday night. Freshman Ashly Kennedy (Edgewater, Md.) scored her first career goal and sophomore Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) scored her fourth header goal in seven games. Sophomore Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) set up both goals with corner kick assists.
The Terps (8-6-1 overall) put the pressure on early and often as they mounted a furious attack all night long. Maryland prevented Mason from having a possession in their offensive end of the field for the first 20 minutes of the game while piling up the first seven shots of the game. The Patriots (7-5-3 overall) did not get a shot off until 18 minutes were left in the first half.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead as the freshman sensation Kennedy scored her first career goal just 6:20 into the match. Kennedy banged in a corner kick from Francis, which was tapped over to Kennedy from Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) to open the scoring.
The goal marked the seventh time this season, the Terps scored within the first 11 minutes of the game. Maryland has scored the first goal on nine occasions this season - going 7-1-1 in those games after the win at Mason.
Mason had their best chance of the game as Amy Alecci sent a shot off the left goalpost with just under 20 minutes left in regulation.
The Terps responded to Mason's scoring chance with a goal of their own as Mahar headed in a corner from Francis with 18:23 left in regulation. For Mahar, the goal was her fourth of the year - all on headers -- and gives Francis six assists on the season. Francis now has 14 career assists tying her Kelly Amonte for eighth all-time at Maryland. Eight of Francis' helpers have been off corner kicks.
Mahar has scored all nine of her career goals on headers over her two seasons.
In goal, senior Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) made two saves to post her sixth career solo shutout and third this season. Mason's Sarah Coughlin was busy much of the night as she made eight saves in the defeat.
In the all-time series, Maryland remains undefeated in the last nine regular-season games going 8-0-1 since 1995. In those nine games, the Terps have outscored Mason 22-3.
Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Ludwig Field this Saturday night as they host No. 16 Wake Forest (9-4-3, 0-3-2) at 7 p.m. The Terps have just three games remaining this season as they travel to Duke on Oct. 31 and host Navy to close the season on Senior Night on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.