Oct. 8, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - One look at the box score and it shows how the University of Maryland women's soccer team dominated the Miami Hurricanes Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. But the end result will only show a 0-0 tie for the Terps.
The Terrapins, who stand at 4-7-2 overall and 0-4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, outshot Miami 21-14 for the game and earned seven corner kicks, while allowing none to the Hurricanes.
"It's starting to sound like a broken record," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky following the game, "but I'm proud of our fight and determination today. Unfortunately, we continue to lose players due to injury, but our team continues to plug away trying to get a result. While the results haven't been in our favor, we're getting better every game and continue to move forward."
Maryland owned a 10-5 shot advantage in the first half of play, but the Hurricanes' had the most dangerous scoring opportunity of the period as the clock ticked down to halftime. A Terrapin foul gave Miami a free kick from about 25 yards out in the center of the field. Miami's Jenna Levenson took the kick and struck the ball well toward the upper right corner of the Terps' net. But the game would go to the half scoreless, thanks to senior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, who showed why she was named to the All-ACC first team last year by leaping to her left and making a spectacular save.
The Terrapins had the best opportunity to score early in the second half. In the 48th minute junior midfielder Melissa Hornfeck made a run onto the ball and Miami goalkeeper Lauren McAdams left her line to make a play on it as well. The two players collided just outside of the penalty box and the ball bounced to the right side of the field toward a streaking Kelly Rozumalski. With no one in goal for the Hurricanes, Rozumalski had what looked like an easy goal, but the ball to an unlucky bounce, causing the junior forward to have to make a jumping strike at the ball and the shot sailed high over the Miami net.
Maryland nearly got a lucky break in the first overtime. Sophomore midfielder Kaila Sciascia laced a hard shot toward the right side of the Hurricane goal, but a Miami defender deflected the ball. It appeared that the ball was headed into the unprotected left side of the net, but Maryland was unlucky again as it sailed wide left and the game remained scoreless.
Resnick, who leads the ACC in saves, saves per game and save percentage, finished the game with five stops and earned her 16th career shutout as a Terp. Offensively, Maryland was led by redshirt-sophomore Stevie Dunning and Sciascia, who each took four shots.
Maryland will have to recover from the double-overtime battle quickly as it travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday, October 11 at Method Road Soccer Stadium.