No. 19 Maryland Advances To ACC Quarters In Shootout

Oct. 31, 2004

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    The 19th ranked Maryland women's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament by beating NC State 4-2 in a shootout Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Resnick came up big for the Terps in the shootout, stopping two shots, including the first one, to take some of the pressure off of the Maryland shooters.

    The game was deadlocked through 110 minutes of play despite the Terrapins firing a season-high 32 shots, including 11 on goal. Overall, Maryland outshot the Wolfpack 32-12, but could not find a way to but the ball into the net.

    The Terps jumped on the offensive right from the start, racking up seven shots before NC State got its first one off. Maryland freshman Stevie Dunning had a breakaway in the 24th minute off a through-ball from Kimmy Francis, but Wolfpack goalkeeper Megan Connors batted the ball away for the save.

    Francis found herself one-on-one with Connors in the 77th minute, but he shot went off the far right post. Freshman Carissa Gilbert collected the rebound and fired a shot with Connors out of position, but a NCSU defender was there to block the shot.

    The Wolfpack came back to dominate play in the first overtime period, keeping the ball in the Maryland defensive half and outshooting the Terps 4-0.

    The second overtime saw the Terps regain control of the game, forcing two corner kicks in the first four minutes of the period. Junior Simone Dekker had the best scoring chance for Maryland in the 107th minute when her shot from the right side of the penalty box skimmed the crossbar before spinning out over the top of the net.

    With the game a 0-0 tie through four periods of play a shootout would determine the winner. NC State's Carol Tognetti went first for the Wolfpack, but Resnick made a diving save to her left to give the Terps the advantage. Francis converted the first PK to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. NCSU's Anna Helenius made good on the Wolfpack's second attempt to tie the shootout at 1-1, but Dekker responded by making her attempt to put the Terps back on top 2-1. NC State's Amy Graul tried to tie the shootout, but this time Resnick made the save diving to her right to keep the score 2-1. Maryland's Nataly Arias and NC State's Megan Sadler each converted their attempts to give Maryland a 3-2 edge with one more Maryland goal being the clincher. Gilbert, who missed seven matches earlier this season due to injury, fired the ball past Connors to give Maryland the victory and send the team to the ACC Quarterfinals.

    The win moves the Terps to 7-5-4 on the season, while NC State finishes its season at 7-8-3.

    Maryland will now go on to play No. 1 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, November 6 at the SAS Soccer Center in Cary, N.C. The game time will be announced on Monday.

    Earlier this season, UNC defeated Maryland 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime period on a penalty kick by All-American Kacey White. The Terps had led the game 1-0 on a goal in the 17th minute by Mallory Mahar before the Tar Heels' Heather O'Reilly tied the game in the 79th minute.