Aug. 21, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team kicked off its 2009 season with a decisive 3-0 victory over Army, the defending Patriot League champions, at Clifton Field.
"This is a solid start to our season. We came into a difficult atmosphere and earned a victory," said Brian Pensky, who is beginning his fifth year at the helm of the Maryland program. "I'm proud of the way we became better over the course of the game. We were a bit disconnected at first; I think it was a nerve thing. Then we settled in and started keeping the ball, which lead to some quality chances. Sunday will present a similar challenge, playing a competitive team on their field, in their environment."
After a scoreless first half in which the Terps had some scoring chances, Maryland broke through with a goal by sophomore Ashley Grove. The forward from Rochester, N.Y., took a pass from senior Megan Watson and dribbled through several Black Knight defenders before burying a shot into the upper left 90 in the 55th minute.
It didn't take the Terps long to tack on an insurance goal. Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer, who scored goals in each of the two preseason games for Maryland, scored her first career goal in the 56th minute. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native finished the ball from 12 yards out past Army goalkeeper Alex Lostetter and into the top right corner. The ball moved quickly from the Terrapin defensive zone to Spencer from Maryland goalkeeper Mary Casey to midfielder Caitlin McDowell, who each picked up an assist on the score.
Freshman Caitlin Mooney tallied her first career goal in her first-ever collegiate game in the 74th minute to make the final score 3-0. Mooney, a native of Edmond, Okla., also scored unassisted with a shot into the right corner.
The Terrapins dominated play from the outset, holding Army to just one shot on goal, which was a long, outside shot early in the first half. Meanwhile, Maryland got off 19 shots with 12 of them being on goal.
Casey made the one stop for the Terps to earn her fourth career shutout, while Lostetter finished with nine saves for the Black Knights.
Maryland, which is now 3-0-2 in five season openers under Pensky, continues its season-opening New York road trip on Sunday. The Terps will travel to the Bronx, N.Y., to face Fordham at 1 p.m.