Sept. 12, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore midfielder Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) netted a pair of goals and added an assist for a career-high five points as the Maryland women's soccer team posted a 3-2 victory over local rival Towson on a wet and rainy Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps moved to 3-2 overall while Towson remains winless at 0-4.
Maryland controlled the ball much of the game, but Towson hung tough scoring their first two goals ever in the series with the Terps, spanning four meetings.
Sophomore Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville, Md.) opened the scoring as she shot a ball that skidded past Towson keeper Yasmin Alter in the third minute to make it 1-0. Francis was credited with an assist to kick off her big scoring night.
Towson retaliated with its second goal of the season as Emma Noonan blasted home a shot from about 30 yards out was lofted over the head of Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.). That made it 1-1 in the seventh minute.
After both teams had several chances, Maryland took advantage of a Towson foul in the box as Shannon Jackson was whistled for a hand ball. Francis knocked in the penalty kick with 2:32 left in the first half to put Maryland ahead for good. The PK goal was Francis' second of the season.
The Terps built the lead to 3-1 in the 63rd minute as Francis took a pass from Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and scored from a deep right angle into the left side of the net. For Francis, the goal gave her five points, a new career high, besting her previous high of four accomplished twice before including vs. Washington State this season. on Aug. 31.
For Biscoe, the assist was the 15th of her career and moved her into a tie for fifth place all-time at Maryland in career helpers along with current Terp Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.) and current Towson coach Leslie Kehrin Wray, who played at Maryland from 1992-94.
Noonan came back for her second goal of the night to make it 3-2 as she knocked in a goal off a scramble in the box right in front of new Terp keeper Anna Sheveland (Farmers Branch, Texas) in the 70th minute.
Barnhill made two saves while Sheveland was credited with one along with her first career victory in her collegiate debut. Alter made seven saves for the Tigers.
Maryland returns to action on Sunday as they travel to George Washington to play the Colonials at 1 p.m. The game will pit former GW coach and current Maryland coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski against her old school and top player -- GW's coach Tanya Vogel.