Oct. 21, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team, behind a three-point effort from Kelly Rozumalski, picked up a much needed point in the ACC with a come-from-behind 2-2 tie at Duke Sunday afternoon.
The Terps took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play when Rozumalski was able to get on the end of a cross from freshman forward Annesia Faulkner and finish the ball from close range. The play began with Rozumalski and sophomore midfielder Brittany Cummins combining to get the ball to Faulker along the Blue Devils' endline.
But the Blue Devils rallied back with a pair of first half scores in an eight-minute span. Lorraine Quinn tied the match for Duke in the 33rd minute with a hard shot into the upper right corner of the Terrapin net. Rebecca Allen followed that score with her third goal of the season in the 40th minute of play with a score into the lower right corner.
Maryland knotted the match in the 69th minute on redshirt junior Nataly Arias' team-leading fourth goal of the season. Rozumalski started the play with a good drive down the right side of the midfield and dribbled into the Duke defensive zone. Arias made a deep run behind the defense from the midfield and Rozumalski slipped her the ball for a breakaway. Arias was then able to finish with a high shot to near post at Lipsher came out to try to cut off the angle.
That's the way the match would remain, thanks in large part to the efforts of Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun and Lipsher. Balogun finished the match with six stops, while Lipsher was one better with seven saves.
"Duke is a very talented team, and we knew that coming in," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "However, our attacking rhythm was outstanding today, and Roz and Nat scored very good goals.
"We are an excellent team with excellent character. Our kids showed that today. We came out of the gate on fire to take a 1-0 lead; and then had to dig deep and scratch our way back to tie the score. That's a reflection upon our kids' character.
"We now look forward to a battle at Virginia on Thursday against yet another highly ranked ACC opponent."
The result moves the Terps' record to 5-6-3 on the season, 0-5-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils now stand at 7-3-5 overall, 2-2-3 in the conference.
Faulkner was the driving force of the offense for much of the match, firing a game-high six shots, including four on goal.
Maryland returns to action on Thursday, October 25 when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a 7 p.m. meeting with No. 3 Virginia.