Terps Post Third Consecutive Shutout, Dominating Navy, 2-0

Oct. 10, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's soccer team dominated Navy on the way to its third straight shutout, 2-0, on Sunday night at Ludwig Field. All three victories have come against regional opponents (George Mason, Rutgers and Navy) as the Terps continue to push for their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terps recorded three consecutive shutouts for the first time since September of the 1997 season.

"We are playing very inspired soccer," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We are incredibly focused on defense. The forwards and midfielders are also playing with a lot of confidence. We have really got it together in the last three games as we look to playing four straight ACC matches beginning with Clemson (next Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.)

The Terps jumped out to a 1-0 lead as senior midfielder Jackie Mynarski (Somers, N.Y.) scored her third consecutive game-winning goal 18:37 into the match as her chip shot from 25 yards out beat Navy goalie Sarah Wilson (Moon Township, Pa.). For Mynarski, the goal was her team-high seventh of the season and 20th of her four-year career. She has moved into a tie for sixth on Maryland's all-time career goal-scoring list with 20, as she passed Audra Weber (1991-94) and tied Kelly Amonte (1992-95). She also stands seventh on the all-time scoring list with 49 points.

Maryland built the lead to 2-0 as sophomore forward Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) scored her third goal of the season and first at home as she headed home Emily Janss' (Brandon, Fla.) cross from the right side with 14:50 left in the second half.

The Terps (6-7-1) outshot Navy, 19-3, including 12-2 in the first half. Both teams took three corner kicks and were called for five offsides. Navy's goalie, Wilson made 10 saves, while Maryland's Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.) and Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) combined for their third straight shutout. The Midshipmen fell to 10-4.

The Terps continue their five-game homestand as they host ACC rival Clemson next Sunday at 2 p.m at Ludwig Field.

Box Score

Navy (10-4)      0 0 -- 0
Maryland (6-7-1) 1 1 -- 2
Scoring: Navy - none. Maryland - Jackie Mynarski (unassisted) 18:37, Sara Gustafson (Emily Janss) 75:10.

Goalies: Navy - Sarah Wilson (90 minutes, 10 save, 2 goals allowed). Maryland - Ali Wolff (45 minutes, 0 saves, 0 goals allowed), Riki-Ann Serrins (45 minutes, 1 saves, 0 goals allowed). Yellow Cards: Navy - none. Maryland - Gustafson at 70:06. Team Stats: Navy - Shots 3, Corner Kicks 3, Saves 10, Fouls 5, Offsides 5. Maryland - Shots 19, Corner Kicks 3, Saves 1, Fouls 8, Offsides 5. Attendance: 683.