Sept. 30, 2005
College Park, Md. - Midfielder Nikki Resnick made the saves to give the University of Maryland women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Wake Forest Friday night at Ludwig Field.
"Simply put, our team deserved a win like this," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, who picked up his first win over a Top 25 team with the victory. "Nataly scored a tremendous goal, once again Nikki was great, and out whole team was extremely connected throughout. This win puts us in good position in the ACC and we look forward to a great challenge on Sunday."
Arias, a native of Alexandria, Va., gave the Terps the win on a 35-yard blast in the 66th minute. The play started on a corner kick by senior forward Kimmy Franics. The Deacons cleared the corner kick, but the ball ended up on the right foot of Arias, who laced a shot into the top of the Wake Forest net.
The Deacons, now down a goal, stepped up the pressure on the Terrapin defense, but Resnick rose to the challenge. The junior from Boca Raton, Fla., made six of her 10 saves in the second half, including four after Maryland took its 1-0 lead.
Wake Forest had two great scoring chances late in the contest, but Resnick made amazing saves to preserve the 1-0 lead. In the 82nd minute Resnick found herself one-on-one with Elizabeth Remy and made a twisting punch save to clear the ball away from the net. Remy was again the victim of Resnick's heroics two minutes later when Sarah Kozey played a thru-ball to Remy on the right side of the Terrapin 18-yard box. Remy laced a shot toward the upper left corner of the Maryland goal, but Resnick dove and knocked the ball away from the net.
Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first half, but both teams had opportunities. In the fourth minute freshman Aimee Bresani was able to get a head on a corner kick by Francis, but the shot was blocked by a Wake defender.
The Demon Deacons answered back in the eighth minute when Kozey fired a shot from the left side of the box, Resnick was there for the save, but could not control the ball. The rebound went straight back to Kozey, who headed a shot back at the Terrapin net, but Resnick was there again to make the save.
The Terps' best opportunity of the first half came in the 31st minute when Francis pressured a ball played back to Doe, who sent a bad pass right to Kelly Rozumalski just outside of the 18 yard box. Rozumalski tried to chip the ball over Doe, but got a little too much on the shot and it sailed over the crossbar.
The victory raises the Terps overall record to 3-5-2 and 1-0-1 in the ACC. Wake Forest drops to 6-3-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the conference.
Maryland returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 2, when it plays host to No. 1 North Carolina. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at Ludwig Field.