COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Anchored by a pair of goals from sophomore Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) the Maryland women's soccer team opened its 2001 regular season in fine style with a 3-0 win over state rival Towson on Friday at Ludwig Field before 1,025 enthusiastic fans.
Sophomore Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.) also scored her first career goal with eight minutes left in regulation to complete a well-rounded effort by the Terps.
"This win was really big for us," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "To open the season with a game like this helps build our confidence."
Ludwig got the Terps on the board when she banged home a rebound that had been shot by Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) 17:27 into the match. The play started with a Givens' throw-in leading to a scramble in the goal box.
In the second half, Ludwig scored her second of the game at the field with her namesake, again converting off a Gustafson play. Ludwig took a thru ball from Gustafson and shot the ball off Towson goalkeeper Yasmin Alter's hands but the force of the ball pushed through the keeper's hands in into the back of the net.
Givens netted the final goal off a throw-in that deflected off a Towson defender an in.
The Terps outshot the Tigers 20-3, including 14-1 in the second half.
Maryland has now won its last three season openers overall and eight in a row in home openers. In those eight games, Maryland has outscored its opponents, 32-4, dating to 1994.
Maryland continues its early season with its first ACC match on Sunday at Duke at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils defeated Davidson, 3-0 on Friday.
Towson 0 0 -- 0 Maryland 1 2 -- 3 Goals: Towson - none. Maryland: Katie Ludwig (Sara Gustafson, Lindsay Givens) 17:27, Ludwig (Gustafson) 64:04, Givens (unassisted) 82:00. Goalkeepers: Towson - Yasmin Alter (90 min, 3 GA, 6 saves), Maryland - Ali Wolff (90 min, 0 GA, 1 save). Team Stats: Towson - Shots 2-1=3, Corner Kicks 1-3=4, Saves 2-4=6, Fouls 4-3=7, Offsides 0-1=2. Maryland - Shots 6-14=20, Corner Kicks 0-3=3, Saves 1-0=1, Fouls 2-3=5, Offsides 0-0=0. Attendance: 1,025