Nov. 14, 1999
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The No. 25 Maryland women's soccer team was defeated by No. 6 seed Penn State in an NCAA Second Round matchup at Jeffrey Field, 3-2. The loss ends the Terps' exciting season with an 11-10-1 record. Maryland had advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years and finishes the season having won eight of 11 games.
"I am so pleased with the team," said ACC Coach of the Year Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "You always hope for more, but at the time we were 3-7-1, I could not have fathomed that we would get to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. We got this far because of the great leadership of our seniors throughout the season."
One of the those seniors nearly single-handedly sent the Terps to the NCAA quarterfinals. Forward Lindsay Basalyga (Cincinnati, Ohio) came up with two goals, her third and fourth of the NCAA Tournament. After a scoreless hard-fought first half, Basalyga opened the scoring as she took a pass from freshman Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.) and beat Penn State goalie Emily Oleksiuk to the low right corner of the net at 56:39.
Penn State came back to tie the game at one, as Shari Pickett scored on a high shot at 61:33. Basalyga then came back with her second of the game as she beautifully placed a free kick into the right side of the goal at the 74:38 mark. But, just 19 seconds later Kelly Convey tied the game off a pass from Christie Welsh at 74:57.
Convey tallied her second goal in 1:28 as she took a cross from Bonnie Young and scored with 13:35 left in regulation.
Penn State (19-3-1) outshot the Terps 13-4, with Basalyga taking all three of Maryland's second half shots.
"I just wanted to win," said Basalyga, who finished her Maryland career with eight goals and 25 points in 84 games. "I am so proud to be part of this team and very proud to have played for Maryland for four years."
Penn State advances to the quarterfinals where they will host SMU next weekend in University Park.
No. 25 Maryland (11-10-1) 0 2 -- 2 No. 6 Penn State (19-3-1) 0 3 -- 3
Scoring: Maryland - Lindsay Basalyga (Sally Harrison) 56:37, Basalyga (unassisted) 74:38. Penn State - Shari Pickett (unassisted) 61:33, Kelly Convey (Christie Welsh) 74:57, Convey (Bonnie Young) 76:25.
Goalies: Maryland - Ali Wolff (45 minutes, 0 saves, 0 goals allowed), Riki-Ann Serrins (45 minutes, 1 save, 3 goals allowed) Carly Viher (1 defensive save). Penn State - Emily Oleksiuk (90 minutes, 1 saves, 2 goals allowed).
Team Stats: Maryland - Shots 4, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 2, Fouls 10, Offsides 1. Penn State - Shots 13, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 1, Fouls 6, Offsides 3.