Oct. 20, 2002
CLEMSON, S.C. - Junior midfielder Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) scored the game-winning goal on a diving header shot with 6:33 left in regulation to lift the Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-2 win at Riggs Field on Sunday afternoon. The win is Maryland's first ever at Clemson in six games dating back to 1994 and lifts the Terps to a 10-5 overall record and 3-2 in the ACC. Clemson, which was ranked 16th in the Soccer America poll, falls to 9-6 overall, 3-3 in the conference. The Terps have won three games in a row for the third time this season.
"Obviously we knew we had the talent to win a game like this," said a thrilled head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We came out a little flat to start the game, but I challenged them and they came out hard after that. We really had the better of the play in the second half. This is a great win for us."
In Maryland's first comeback win of the season, the Terps overcame a 1-0 deficit and a 2-1 deficit in the second half to come away with the win.
Junior Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) netted her fourth goal in three games to tie the game at 1-1 in the 41st minute. Poulin volleyed a corner kick from Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) to the back post beating the Clemson keeper, Lauren Heos.
The Tigers regained a 2-1 lead just 1:15 into the second half as Heather Beem converted a penalty kick after Maryland was called for a handball in the box.
But the Terps rallied back as junior Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) scored a sensational goal in which she worked her way through three Clemson defenders and deposited the ball in the 63rd minute to tie the game.
Ludwig help create the winning goal by her fellow classmate Biscoe. The winning play developed as the Terps had a fast break down the left side of the field. The speedy Ludwig then beat a pair of Clemson defenders and found Biscoe in the box, who converted a diving header in the 84th minute to clinch the win for Maryland.
Maryland junior keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) made a career-high seven saves in earning her third straight win, all in the Terps' current win streak.
The Terps host their final regular season game and Senior Night this Friday at 7 p.m. as the Florida State Seminoles come to Ludwig Field.
Maryland (10-5-0, 3-2 ACC) 1-2=3
Clemson (9-6-0, 3-3 ACC) 1-1=2
Goals: Maryland - Audra Poulin (Simone Dekker) 40:58, Katie Ludwig (unassisted) 62:37, Jen Biscoe (Katie Ludwig) 83:27. Clemson - Allison Mitchell (Heather Beem) 19:33, Heather Beem (penalty kick) 46:15.
Goalkeepers: Maryland - Kristen Barnhill (90:00, 2 GA, 7 saves). Clemson - Lauren Heos (90:00, 3 GA, 2 saves), Team Save (1 save).
Team Stats: Maryland - Shots 4-9=13, Corner Kicks 3-4=7, Saves 5-2=7, Fouls 6-6=12, Offsides 0-0=0. Clemson - Shots 7-9=16, Corner Kicks 0-1=1, Saves 1-2=3, Fouls 6-5=11, Offsides 1-1=2.
Cards: Maryland - Lindsay Niehaus, Yellow Card at 83:03.