Oct. 11, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A strong defensive effort anchored by junior captain Lindsay Givens (Downington, Pa.) and junior keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) propelled Maryland (8-5, 2-2 ACC) to its first ever shutout of ACC rival Virginia (6-4-2, 0-2) Friday night at a wet Ludwig Field, 2-0.
In her first collegiate start, Barnhill kept the Cavaliers off the board by thwarting several first-half scoring opportunities, en route to the shutout and Maryland's second ever win over Virginia. Barnhill finished with three saves, all in the first half.
"This was a great win for us," said coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Monday. "We came out very hard and had a great team performance. Many of our players made significant contributions to lead us to this big win."
Maryland capitalized on a late first-half chance when Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) found senior Kim King (Media, Pa.) streaking through the box behind two Cavalier defenders. King deposited the ball past Virginia keeper Anne Abernathy to put Maryland ahead 1-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) gave the Terps a two-goal cushion midway through the second half when she blasted a 12-yard shot past the Cavalier defense in the 72nd minute. The goal was Poulin's fifth of the season and part of a strong Terrapin attack that produced 12 shots.
Maryland picked up its only other win against Virginia in 1998 with a 3-2 overtime victory. The Cavs now lead the series 17-2-2.
The Terps return to action on Wednesday evening when they host George Mason at 7 p.m.