Sept. 30, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kaila Sciascia scored twice to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Lehigh Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field the the Terps' final non-conference match of the season.
The win boosts the Terps' record to 5-2-2 on the season, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 5-3-2.
"This is a good win against a very well-coached, organized team," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We had a number of kids contribute to the win today, and that's always great to see. It's a sign of a good team ... it's a sign of a deep team."
After a sluggish start to the match, Maryland regrouped and dominated the opening 45 minutes of play but could not get on the board and headed to the locker room tied at 0-0.
The Terps came out from halftime and pushed the pace offensively, finally breaking through with their first goal in the 66th minute of play. Sciascia started and finished the scoring chance to give the Terrapins a 1-0 lead. The junior forward played a ball to senior midfielder Kelly Rozumalski on the right flank and headed straight to the Mountain Hawk goal, looking for the cross.
Rozumalski didn't send a cross, but laced a brilliant shot at the Lehigh net. Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Mains was able to get a piece of the ball, but it bounced in front of the goal where Sciascia was able to finish the play before an oncoming Mountain Hawk defender could clear it away.
Sciascia's second score came from an unlikely source as Terrapin freshman goalkeeper Yewande Balogun picked up the assist on the goal. Balogun cleared a ball from just inside her own 18-yard box to well past midfield, past the entire Lehigh defense. Sciascia made a well-timed run, staying onside, and had a clear breakaway. She was one-on-one with Mains approaching the Lehigh goal and finished with a good strike from 13 yards out.
With that second score, Sciascia became the first Terp to score two goals in a game since teammate Melissa Hornfeck tallied two goals in a 6-0 win vs. UMBC on Sept. 4, 2006. Balogun's assist marked the first time that a Maryland goalkeeper tallied a point since Riki-Ann Serrins assisted an Emily Janss score on Oct. 25, 1998.
Overall, Maryland dominated the Mountain Hawks, outshooting Lehigh 23-5 and taking eight corner kicks to Lehigh's two.
Maryland returns to Ludwig Field for its first home ACC game of the season on Friday, Oct. 5, against Wake Forest. That match is the front-end of a women's-men's soccer doubleheader. The Terrapin men's team will take on Clemson following the women's match vs. the Demon Deacons.