Oct. 11, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team lost a 1-0 decision to ACC rival NC State Wednesday afternoon at Method Road Field in Raleigh, N.C.
Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, who leads the conference in saves, saves per game and save percentage, was fantastic in goal again for the Terps, stopping 10 Wolfpack shots.
Maryland had its best scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute of play off of its only corner kick of the game. Sophomore midfielder Kaila Sciascia sent the corner kick into the Wolfpack box, where NCSU goalie Megan Connors came off of her line to battle for the ball amidst a group of players. The ball bounded to the far post where redshirt-sophomore Lauren Gamble half-volleyed a shot at an open Wolfpack goal, but a NC State defender was able to recover and make the save for the Pack.
NC State also had just one corner kick in the match, but that set-piece proved to be the difference in the outcome. In the 79th minute the Pack's Katie Ruiz sent the corner kick into the Terrapin 18-yard box where Meredith Parrilla headed the ball into the Maryland goal.
The Terps, whose line-up has been hampered all season with injuries to key players, were forced to play the game without leading scorer Melissa Hornfeck. The junior forward missed her first game as a Terrapin after taking a hard shot to the face in the final minutes of the Miami game on Sunday. Maryland was also without starting midfielders Stevie Dunning and Molly Dreska.
One positive note for the Terps was the return of freshman midfielder Emily Maynard. The native of Munster, Ind., saw her first action since leaving the Clemson game on September 21 with an injury.
The Terps drop to 4-8-2 on the season and are now 0-5-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Maryland returns to Ludwig Field in College Park on Friday, October 14 for a 4:00 p.m. showdown with the Duke Blue Devils. That game will be the opening match of a women's-men's doubleheader as the second-ranked Maryland men's soccer team is slated to face Boston College at 7:00 p.m.