Oct. 5, 2004
College Park, Md. -
The University of Maryland women's soccer team returns to Ludwig Field to meet the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
The match will be the first at home for the Terps since a 2-0 loss to Virginia Tech on September 2, which is the only game the Terrapins have played at Ludwig Field in 2004. The team's first home game, a 1-1 tie with William & Mary was played at the Maryland Soccer Complex in Germantown, Md. Two other home matches, vs. Washington (Sept. 17) and Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 28) were cancelled due to incement weather conditions.
A Look Back at Last Week
The Terps took to the road for the fourth consecutive weekend and returned to College Park with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Clemson Tigers on Saturday, October 2 at Riggs Field. Junior midfielder Nikki Resnick made six saves and the Terps defense made a key team save in the final minutes to preserve the victory. The win was Maryland's first conference victory of the season.
Maryland's match with Loyola (Md.), scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, was cancelled due to inclement weather. This was the second home match the Terps have been forced to cancel due to weather conditions. Lightning and tornado warnings forced the cancellation of Maryland's match with No. 3 Washington on Friday, September 17. scouting the virginia cavaliers
Virginia is coming off its first loss of the season, a 2-1 overtime defeat at Wake Forest. The Cavaliers entered the match ranked No 4 in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll with a perfect 9-0 record, 2-0 in the ACC. But that changed when Elizabeth Remy scored the golden goal for the Demon Deacons with just over a minute to play in the first overtime.
The Cavaliers are outscoring their opponents 29-5 so far this season, and are outshooting their opponents 160-47. Lindsay Gusick is the leading goal scorer for Virginia with eight tallies on the season. Shannon Foley leads the Cavs in assists with 10 and points with 20. Foley is also second on the squad with five goals.
Terps Go For Two in a Row vs. Virginia at Ludwig
While Virginia leads the all-time series with the Terps 18-2-2, Maryland is looking for its second straight victory over the Cavs at Ludwig Field. The last time Virginia visited College Park the Terrapins were able to their fist-ever shutout of the Cavaliers, 2-0 on Oct. 11, 2002. Kim King scored the first goal for the Terps in the 43rd minute off a pass by then freshman Simone Dekker. Audra Poulin scored the insurance goal in the 72nd minute.
Maryland's other victory over Virginia came in a 3-2 double overtime thriller in 1998.
Calling Virginia Home
The only member of the Maryland team hailing from the state of Virginia is freshman Nataly Arias, who is from Alexandria, Va.
Playing the Best
Once again, Higgins-Cirovski has scheduled one of the nation's most competitive schedules. The Terps take on five teams in this week's NSCAA poll including three of the top five. The Terps are at No. 2 North Carolina (1-2 loss, Sept. 24), at No. 3 Penn State (Oct. 27), host No. 6 Virginia (Oct. 5), vs. No. 8 UCLA (2-1 win, Sept. 12), host No. 9 Duke (Oct. 23), host No. 17 Florida State (Oct. 13). ACC opponent Clemson was receiving votes when the Terps beat the Tigers 1-0 on Oct. 2. Wake Forest, which hosts Maryland on Oct. 16 is receiving votes this week. The orginal schedule also included a match with then No. 3 Washington on Sept. 17, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
During five of Higgins-Cirovski's six seasons at Maryland, she has led the Terps to at least one upset win or tie of a top-10 ranked team, leading Maryland to a 4-3 win at No. 9 Duke on Sept. 19, 1999 and a 2-1 victory over Clemson on Oct. 17, 1999; a 3-1 win over No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 29, 2000; a 1-0 overtime over No. 8 Clemson on Oct. 13, 2001 and a 1-1 tie at No. 2 North Carolina last season, on Nov. 1, 2002. Most recently, the Terps stunned No. 3 UCLA 2-1 at the Virginia Soccer Classic on Sept. 12, 2004.
Francis and Mahar Moving Up the Charts
With her six point effort at the Virginia Soccer Classic and a goal at Clemson, junior Kimmy Francis is now eighth on Maryland's all-time points chart with 50. Her three goals on the season have tied Francis for 10th on the career goals chart with 16.
Not just a goal scorer, Francis is also among the all-time leaders in assists. Her four assists on the season leads the team and has tied her for fifth on the career charts with 18. The next closest current Terp is junior Simone Dekker with seven career assists.
Also charging up the all-time charts is junior Mallory Mahar. With five goals on the season, Mahar is 12th on the all-time list, needing just two more to break into the top 10. Mahar is also moving up the career points list. She leads the team with 11 points on the season and has 33 for her career, 11 points away from 10th place.
Follow Maryland Women's Soccer Your Way
WMUC Radio: Maryland's student radio station WMUC (88.1 FM) will broadcast at least 10 Maryland women's soccer games in 2004. A pregame show will air approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff. WMUC's broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet at www.umcsports.com and will be linked to umterps.com.
Email Straight To You: If you would like the latest Maryland women's soccer news emailed directly to you as soon as it breaks, email women's soccer contact Patrick Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "Women's Soccer Email" as the subject and you will receive every update distributed about the team.
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Terps on the Web: For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please locate www.umterps.com on the Internet.
GameTracker: Follow Terps games live in 2004 on your computer with GameTracker. For stats, play-by-play, and more as it happens, log on to www.umterps.com and scroll down to the sports and events calendar and click on GameTracker.