Each week during the 2014-15 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is junior Alex Doody of the Maryland women’s soccer team.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior forward Alex Doody gave the University of Maryland women’s soccer team exactly what it needed in it’s 2014 home opener against William & Mary on August 28 – an early lead.
The Terps opened the 2014 season with a two-game road trip to California that saw them play at defending NCAA champion UCLA and perennial West Coast Conference power Pepperdine. The Terps competed hard in both matches and exhibited some excellent soccer, but were not rewarded for their efforts and suffered a pair of shutout defeats.
“We didn’t get the results that we would have liked on our trip to California, but coming back to Ludwig Field, it didn’t matter if we were tired or how our bodies felt, we always get up for home games,” said Doody. “We bounced back and I didn’t expect anything else from this team.”
In the season opener vs. the Tribe, Doody got things going right away for the Terps with her first goal in the third minute of play. Junior goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands sent a long ball into the Tribe defensive zone and the ball too a big hop over the William & Mary backline which allowed Doody to get behind and finish over goalkeeper Caroline Casey, who came off of her line a bit, with a nice touch.
Maryland’s lead doubled to 2-0 in the 14th minute on Doody’s second goal of the match. This time the setup came from another defender as junior Shannon Collins, who tied for the team lead in assists a season ago, sent a nice through-ball past the Tribe defenders. Casey seems to have the angle cut off for William & Mary as Doody came down the right flank, but somehow Doody was able to tap the ball and get it to squirm past the diving keeper and sneak it into the lower left corner.
“Securing those first two goals gave us a chance to get some distance in the game, which allowed us to let the game slow down a bit and let it come to us without feeling like we had to rush to get the ball forward and score.”
However, Doody was quick to point out it wasn’t a solo effort vs. William & Mary and her teammates deserved a lot of the credit.
“Tonight was a great collective effort and I wouldn’t have been able to score those goals without my teammates. It was a great start, but we hope to continue to improve each and every game.”