Oct. 2, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior goalkeeper Mary Casey made a career-best eight saves and the University of Maryland women's soccer team played with energy and tenacity, but in the end the 11th-ranked Florida State Seminoles escaped Ludwig Field with a 1-0 result in overtime on Thursday evening.
"Our team was outstanding tonight," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Our coaches take our hats off to our players for physically and mentally committing themselves to our game plan."
That game plan had to focus on slowing down the Seminole offense that entered the match averaging three goals per game and the Terrapins executed it nearly to perfection. FSU out shot Maryland 24-11 for the match, but Terp defenders consistently marked their player and made sure there were no easy opportunities for the Seminoles.
The shots that did make their way to the Terrapin goal were scooped up by Casey, who was a game-time decision to start. She suffered a mild concussion in last week's match at Wake Forest and missed last Sunday's match at North Carolina. She showed no ill effects from the injury as evidenced by her eight stops.
But the biggest save of the night for Maryland didn't come from Casey. FSU's Lauren Switzer sent a shot from the right side to the far post in the 90th minute, but freshman center back Sade Ayinde stayed with her mark, Seminole forward Jessica Price, who was making a run to the far post, and was in position to tip the ball wide left and preserve the 0-0 tie and send the match into overtime.
In overtime the Seminoles continued to pressure the Terps, but the Maryland defense remained tough, not allowing easy shots. The first two FSU shots in the extra session sailed harmlessly wide and the third was an easy save for Casey. But Florida State took advantage of a Maryland foul near the Terrapin's 18-yard box to score the game-winning goal.
With the ball just outside the left corner of the 18-yard box, Sarah Wagenfuhr sent a perfect ball toward the back post where Sanna Talonen got on the end of it and snapped off a header into the right side of the Maryland goal in the 97th minute.
Maryland had its chances in the match to get on the board, but Seminole keeper Kate Milstead made two saves to preserve the shutout for FSU. The second of which came in the 67th minute and robbed freshman forward Jasmyne Spencer of her first collegiate goal. Spencer made a terrific run down the left side and pulled away from the FSU defenders by a step and ripped a shot from 13 yards out toward the near post, but Milstead read the shot and was there to make the stop.
"Florida State is a terrific team and we put ourselves in a position tonight to get a result; unfortunately that didn't happen. We have outstanding leadership on this team, so there's no question in our mind that our kids will bounce back and prepare will for our match against Miami on Sunday."
Maryland (4-6-1, 0-3-0 ACC) continues its four-match ACC home stand with another Sunshine State opponent on Sunday, Oct. 5 when Miami comes to College Park. The Terps and the Hurricanes are set for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Ludwig Field.