Nov. 12, 2004
State College, Pa. - Mallory Mahar scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Loyola (Md.) Friday night at Jeffery Field in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm really proud of the way we battled today," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We connected well with each other and really controlled the flow of the game. Loyola played a tough game, but we stayed strong and finished our opportunities."
The first of those opportunities came in the ninth minute when Simone Dekker tossed a throw-in to Nataly Arias on the right side of the Loyola defensive zone. Arias was able to turn on her defender and find Mahar who deposited the ball into the left side of the Greyhound net to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
Loyola regained its composure and built some momentum. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Resnick stopped two of the three Greyhound shots on goal in a 14 minute span in the middle of the first half. But the Terrapin defense refused to give in and was able to stay the Greyhound attack long enough for Maryland to regroup and regain the momentum late in the first half.
The Terps opened the second half just like they did the first - on the offensive. Mahar picked up her third assist of the season in the 53rd minute when she sent a long pass into the Loyola defensive third to freshman Kelly Rozumaski. Rozumalski was able to gather the ball, beat two defenders and fire a shot from 30 yards out that sailed into the top right corner of the net. The goal was the third of the season for Rozumalski and was two months to the day since her last goal, which came in Maryland's 2-1 win over No. 3 UCLA on Sept. 12.
With a two goal lead the Terps continued to pressure the Loyola defense. Stevie Dunning had a shot ricochet off the crossbar in the 61st minute and Dekker fired the rebound off the left post. But Dekker wouldn't be denied that easily. The junior midfielder took a pass from Mahar in the 69th minute deep in the left side of the Loyola zone. Dekker dribbled through the penalty box and into the six-yard box, where she fired a shot that deflected off Greyhound keeper Kate Gilfillan and into the net for a 3-0 lead.
Maryland, which improves to 8-6-4 on the season, advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face host school, and No. 2 seed, Penn State on Sunday at Jeffrey Field at 1:00 p.m. The Nittany Lions defeated Binghamton 6-1 in the second match Friday night to advance.