Strong Defense Helps Maryland To 1-0 Shutout Of George Mason

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Sept. 27, 2000

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind a solid defense playing with a pair of marking backs and a sweeper, the Maryland women's soccer team shutout George Mason, 1-0 at Ludwig Field on Wednesday night. Senior keeper Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) recorded her fourth shutout of the season and 12th of her career to tie the all-time career school record for shutouts.

Maryland (5-5) got on the board as sophomore Kim King (Media, Pa.) scored on a shot into the left side of the net from eight yards out at the 55:28 mark in the second half.

The defense was a story though as sophomore Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) stepped in for fellow sophomore Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio), who was injured in warm-ups. In her first college start, Kruse teamed with sophomores Valerie Lawrence (Silver Spring, Md.) and sweeper Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.) to limit George Mason to just eight shots.

"This was a great team performance," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We got a great performance out of our defense. We made the right adjustments and the defense played exceptionally well. Kruse did a great job stepping in for Viher."

In nets, Serrins made six saves to preserve the shutout and move into a tie for the all-time lead for blankings in Maryland history with 12. Serrins now stands tied with Heather Rowe (1988-91) and Missy Price (1993-96) for the all-time lead in school history, dating to 1987.

The win over George Mason (5-6) was the sixth straight home non-conference win for the Terps and the third straight home shutout for Maryland.

Maryland will be back in action as the Terps take on NC State in ACC action this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The first 500 fans will receive free Maryland soccer T-Shirts and there will be a post-game autograph session with the team.

Box Score

George Mason (5-6)    0   0	--	0
Maryland (5-5)              0    1	--	1
Scoring: George Mason- none. Maryland - Kim King (unassisted) 55:28.
Goalies: George Mason- Sarah Coughlin (90 minutes, 7 saves, 1 GA). Maryland - Riki-Ann Serrins (90 minutes, 6 saves, 0 GA).
Yellow Cards: George Mason - Jayme Beamer at 9:38. Maryland - none.
Team Stats: George Mason - Shots 4-4=8, Corner Kicks 2-1=3, Saves 2-5=7, Fouls 5-5=10, Offsides 3. Maryland - Shots 5-8=13, Corner Kicks 1-0=1, Saves 2-4=6, Fouls 3-10=13, Offsides 1.
Attendance: 407.