Nov. 14, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland women's soccer's record-setting season came to an end on penalty kicks vs. Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at Ludwig Field. The Hoyas stopped the first two Terrapin penalty kicks in the shootout and eliminated the Terps, 3-2.
The two teams were deadlocked at 1-1 through 110 minutes making the official result a tie. Maryland finishes its season with an 18-2-3 record. Georgetown now stands at 14-6-2 on the year.
"I'm proud of our effort and fight today, especially considering the flu bug that hit our team last night," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Unfortunately we weren't ourselves today, but, as always, our effort and determination can not be questioned.
"This is tough to take right now. We all feel so horribly for our kids. As I told them afterwards, our strength has always been in our group. For the second consecutive Sunday we are eliminated on penalty kicks, which are very individual."
The match was even through the first half and both teams held the other scoreless on just five shots in the first 45 minutes.
The Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute on a bizarre turn of events that saw the ball eventually cross the goal line. Georgetown's Christina O'Tousa ripped a shot off of the crossbar and the ball bounced down inside the Maryland six-yard box. The ball bounced up and off of a Maryland defender before being chested back toward the goal by Camille Trujillo. Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun tried to recover and get to the ball, but it made it through and spun off the left post and trickled over the line for the goal.
Maryland turned up the offensive pressure after going down 1-0 and got the equalizer in the 65th minute. Senior Caitlin McDowell played a long ball from the back over the top of the Hoya defense. Georgetown keeper Jackie Desjardin tried to come off of her line to intercept the ball, but couldn't get to it and was caught out of the net by Maryland junior Sade Ayinde, who calmly took one touch on the ball and fired the ball over Desjardin's head and into the goal from nearly 30 yards out.
Neither team had many quality chances to score during the match, but the best opportunity for either team came in the fourth minute of the first overtime. Junior Jasmyne Spencer crossed the ball to the back post where sophomore Olivia Wager headed it into space inside the Hoya 18-yard box. Senior Molly Dreska made a run down the right seam and got to the ball first, but her shot sailed high over the crossbar.
In the shootout, Desjardin stopped the first two Maryland attempts putting the Terps in the hole. But Balogun, who made six saves during the match, stopped the Hoyas' second attempt to give Maryland a chance. Juniors Lydia Hastings and Mallory Baker stepped up and made their attempts to pull the Terps to within a one at 3-2, but Maryland's last PK hit off the right post, ending the shootout and sending the Hoyas into the Sweet 16.
The match ended the Maryland careers for seniors Dreska, McDowell, Colleen Deegan, Erika Theisen and Olivia Onyeador. During the last four years Maryland has compiled a 45-27-9 record, including 18 wins this season, which tied for the second-most in program history.
"The only thing that will help how our team feels right now is time, especially for our seniors who don't get to do this any longer," said Pensky. "But our seniors need to be proud of how far they have taken this program. They don't go quietly; Molly, Caitlin, Colleen, Erika and Olivia all took a leap of faith coming to Maryland and that leap certainly paid off for everyone."
Maryland finished its season with a winning percentage of .848, which is the highest in school history.
Sade Ayinde's goal is her 10th of the season, tying her with Jasmyne Spencer and four others for ninth on the single-season goals list.
Sade Ayinde's goal gives her 13 for her career, tying her for 21st on the all-time goals list with Diane Taylor and Nataly Arias.
Ayinde's two points gives her 43 for her career, moving her into 14th place on the all-time points.
Ayinde finished the season with 28 points, which ties her with Kelly Amonte, who had 28 in 1992, for the seventh-most points in a season in program history.
Caitlin McDowell's assists gives her 24 for her career, tying her with Robin McCullough for third on the all-time assist list.
McDowell's assist also gives her 36 points for her career, tying her with Audra Poulin for 20th on the school's all-time points list.
McDowell finished the season with 12 assists, which ties her with Emmy Harbo, who had 12 assists in 1998, for the second-most assists in a season in program history.