Oct. 10, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland women's soccer fans have come to expect the obvious when the No. 24 Clemson Tigers visit Ludwig Field. There would be no letdown for the season-high crowd of 1,516 Friday night as the Terps held on for a 2-1 victory -- the sixth straight one-goal affair against Clemson -- on Alumni Night to notch their first ACC win of the year. Maryland is now a perfect 6-0 at home in the series dating back to 1994.
"We battled the way we needed to to win a game like this," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "I really feel this was a game we needed to win and I'm happy with the way we performed."
Ten minutes into the match, the Terps (7-4-1, 1-2 ACC) capitalized on a Clemson defensive zone turnover as Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville, Md.) blasted a shot from the left edge of the box past keeper Lauren Whitt, who had allowed only three goals all season coming into tonight with a 0.27 goals-against average.
The Terps have scored the first goal of the game in seven of the last eight with all seven coming in the first 16 minutes.
Maryland, ranked No. 23 by Soccer America, kept up the offensive pressure throughout the first half, but failed to convert several good scoring opportunities. The Terp defense held Clemson at bay for much of the first half, forcing them into several turnovers and holding them to only five shots.
However, the second half would open with better fortune for the home squad when Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) trickled a header past a crowded Clemson goal line seven minutes into the half. It was Mahar's seventh career goal on a header, including all three this season. Throw-in specialist Lindsay Givens (Downington, Pa.) set up Mahar with a perfect entry pass. It was Givens' 17th career assist - and 12th of a throw-in - which ties her for fifth in Maryland history with teammate Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.).
The Tigers (7-3-2, 1-1), who remain winless on the road this season, struck back 10 minutes later when Courtney Foster got past the Terp backline on a through pass from Allison Graham and touched it past keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) to pull Clemson to within one.
But the Terp offense would create several good scoring chances only to be repeatedly stopped by Whitt, who kept the game within reach. Whitt finished with nine saves, including a point-blank stop on a Kimmy Francis blast and a Mahar header midway through the half.
The win was the Terps' second win this season against a Top 25 team (a 3-1 win over No. 23 Tennessee on Sept. 20) and 35th all-time.
Maryland continues its ACC schedule as they travel to Charlottesville on Tuesday to take on the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers at 7 p.m.