Oct. 14, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Freshman goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made a career-best nine saves, but in the end it wasn't enough to prevent the Miami Hurricanes from handing the University of Maryland women's soccer team a 1-0 loss Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium.
The loss drops the Terps' record to 5-6-2 on the season, 0-5-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes improve to 8-3-3 overall, 4-1-1 in the conference.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie and both teams had opportunities to net the first goal of the game, but both goalkeepers were sharp. Balogun made six of her nine saves in the first 45 minutes, while Miami's Lauren McAdam stopped five Terrapin shots.
Maryland almost drew first blood just minutes into the second half. A Miami foul on midfielder Nataly Arias, just on the Terps' side of the midfield stripe, gave Maryland a free kick. Senior co-captain Ashly Kennedy served the ball into the Hurricane 18-yard box where McAdam came out to try to get the ball. But the ball bounced off of couple of players before junior Kaila Sciascia got on the end of it and sent a solid header toward a wide-open Miami goal. But luck was on the side of the Hurricanes as a Miami defender was right there to head the ball away and prevent the score.
The match would remain scoreless until the 89th minute when Miami's Brittney Steinbruch took a throw-in and dribbled to the left-center of the Maryland 18-yard box and laced a shot through three Terrapin defenders, which screened Balogun from the play, and finished the goal into the lower left corner of the Maryland net for the game's lone goal.
"First, I'd like to say congratulations to Miami," said Maryland coach Brian Pensky following the match. "Brittney Steinbruch is a good player, and she did well to finish that chance. We're not going to hang our heads. We can be proud of our effort and we all know there is a lot of soccer still to be played."
Maryland will now have seven days until it plays again. The Terps play the third game of a four match road trip next Sunday, October 21 at Duke. That game between the Terrapins and the Blue Devils is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at Koskinen Stadium.