Nov. 17, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the second time in four years, the Penn State Nittany Lions cut short Maryland's season with a dramatic 2-1 win Sunday to advance to the third round of the NCAA Women's College Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Heavy rains and chilly temperatures caused poor field conditions that saw players slipping and sliding around the pitch at Ludwig Field, but a late header by Penn State's Heidi Drummond found the corner of the Maryland net with just over two minutes remaining for the winning tally.
Penn State peppered Maryland junior keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) with multiple scoring chances in the second half, but Barnhill came up big on several occasions to keep the game tied. Barnhill finished with five saves, four in the second half.
The Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard first when Tiffany Weimer evaded three Maryland defenders and found Silver Spring native Joanna Lohman in the middle of the box who deposited a 6-yard shot into an open net in the 32nd minute.
Freshman forward Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) entered the game in the 36th minute, hoping to give the Terrapins an offensive boost. Two minutes later, she delivered with her sixth goal of the season, collecting a loose ball in front of the Penn State net and slamming it past keeper Amanda Brown to even the score at one.
Maryland finished the season with a 13-8-1 record, which is the most wins for the Terps since a 19-win season in 1996. The game concludes the careers of Maryland seniors Kim King (Media, Pa.), Dana Jarzyniecki (Rochester, N.Y.), Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Lynn Scharf (Falls Church, Va.).