Aug. 29, 2010
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Junior forward Jasmyne Spencer and senior defender Caitlin McDowell each scored two goals to lead the No. 12/14 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of Kennesaw State, clinching the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic title for the Terps.
"Today was about grinding it out," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, who has led the Terps to 15 consecutive non-conference victories. "Initially, the match was not very pretty, but as the game went on we were able to find a rhythm and create some chances. And, of course, getting a shutout is a real plus."
The grind started for the Terps because of an Owl defense that was determined not to give up easy shots. Maryland, which took 19 shots to Kennesaw State's seven, had only three shots into the 22nd minute and all three were blocked by Owl defenders.
But, the Terps continued to pressure Kennesaw State and finally were able to get a shot on goal in the 24th minute. Junior Ashley Grove ripped a hard shot that Owl keeper Staci Pugh stopped, but the rebound when straight to Spencer, who finished the play easily from eight yards out.
Grove and Spencer hooked up again to give the Terps a 2-0 lead just three minutes later. Grove beat her defender on the end line and sent a cross to the middle of the Kennesaw State box. Spencer got on the end of the cross and redirected the ball into the Owl net.
Maryland continued to pressure its attack and that resulted in a corner kick opportunity in the 33rd minute. Sophomore Olivia Wagner sent a high corner kick into the Owl box that senior Colleen Deegan flicked on to the back post. That's where McDowell was and she finished the play from four yards out for her first goal of the season to give the Terps a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
McDowell, who had scored three career goals coming into today's game (one in each of her three seasons as a Terp), put the final nail in the Owls' coffin with her second goal of the day in the 48th minute. The play began with a shot by Spencer that sailed wide of the Kennesaw State goal. The Owl defense mishandled the ensuing clearance, giving the ball cleanly to McDowell on the left side. McDowell then dribbled in and ripped a shot from 14 yards out past Pugh.
Junior center back Mallory Baker was the only Terp that played all 90 minutes, helping secure the shutout. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun picked up the win in goal, having to make only two stops. Redshirt freshman Lianne Maldonado made her collegiate debut, finishing the final 13 minutes in goal for the Terps.
Spencer, who had three goals in the Terps' two games in the Lady Vol Classic, was named Tournament MVP. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by Grove and sophomore midfielder Domenica Hodak.
Maryland has six days off before returning to action next Sunday, Sept. 5. The Terps will host Stony Brook at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
Maryland has now won 15 straight matches against non-ACC opponents dating back to 2008.
The Terps are now 1-0 all-time vs. Kennesaw State.
Ashley Grove's two assists give her 36 points for her career, tying her with Audra Poulin for 17th place on the school's all-time points list.
Jasmyne Spencer's two goals give her 13 for her career, moving her into a four-way tie for 19th on the all-time list.
Spencer now has five game-winning goals for her career, moving her into a four-way tie for 14th on the all-time list.
Spencer and Caitlin McDowell are the first Terps to each score two goals in a game since Lydia Hastings and Nataly Arias each scored two vs. Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 21, 2008.