Oct. 25, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was a bittersweet night for the Maryland women's soccer team as the Terps dropped a tough 1-0 decision to ACC rival Florida State on Senior Night at Ludwig Field. Playing on a wet and cold night the Terps battled hard but were unable to overcome an early deficit to come away with crucial victory.
Maryland saw its third three-game win streak of the season come to and end as it fell to 10-6 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. Florida State moved to 10-4-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the league.
Florida State scored the only goal as their leading scorer Cindy Schofield knocked home a penalty kick just 1:58 into the match as she beat starting goalkeeper Lynn Scharf (Falls Church, Va.) to the low right side.
"I thought we came out a little flat," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "But for the last 30 minutes of the first half and entirety of the second half we played solidly. We just couldn't convert one of our opportunities. We had the better of the play for the most of the game."
The Terps outshot the Seminoles 16-7 in the match, but FSU keeper Kerry York had a career night in her return to her home state as she made 12 saves, a new career-high.
Maryland had several chances throughout the matches including a pair of quick shots in the box by freshman Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) near the end of the first half. In the second half freshman Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) had numerous chances and finished with five shots. Her shot with just over a minute was tipped high by York to secure the win.
As part of senior night, six Terps took to Ludwig Field for the final time in a regular-season game.
Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.) saw her first action since Sept. 2001 as she started and played the first seven minutes. Harrison has been sidelined with a dislocated kneecap since last year and her playing career has come to an end.
Scharf and Sarah McClellan (Bowie, Md.) also drew their first career starts and played the first 6:58.
Joining then in the lineup were senior veterans Dana Jarzyniecki (Rochester, N.Y.), who played her 76th consecutive match as a Terp; Kim King (Media, Pa.), who is the 11th all-time leading scorer at Maryland with 35 points in her career and Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who has started 23 matches over the last two seasons and been an spirited leader for the Terps.
Maryland returns to action on Monday night as they travel to regional for James Madison for a 7 p.m. match in Harrisonburg, Va.