Terps Drop Heartbreaker To No. 15 Virginia, 3-2 In Women's Soccer

Oct. 6, 2000

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After busting out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Maryland women's soccer team lost a heartbreaking 3-2 battle to ACC rival No. 15 Virginia, Friday night at Ludwig Field. The Cavaliers scored all three goals in the final 22 minutes of the match.

"We played very hard against a very good team," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We played with a ton of guts and I'm proud of the performance. (Senior keeper) Riki-Ann Serrins played out of her head and kept us in the game. She was amazing."

The Maryland (5-7-0, 0-4 ACC) offense was kick started by a pair of midfielders, each of whom scored their first goals of the season in the first half. Junior Courtney Beirne (Westminster, Md.), who was reinserted into the starting lineup, tallied Maryland's first goal as she took a cross from Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio) in the box and beat Virginia keeper Julie Harris to the lower left corner, 26:42 into the match.

Senior Terri Greer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored on a beautifully set screen in front of the Virginia net at the 31:21 mark to put the Terps up 2-0. Beirne and Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) were credited with assists on the play.

Virginia (7-5-0, 2-2 ACC) came out strong in the second half as Maryland stayed in front behind the sensational goalkeeping of Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who made several point blank stops. She finished with six saves in each half for 12 in the game, one shy of her career high.

The Cavaliers broke into the scoring column as Katie Tracy finished off a corner kick by Ashley Meeker on a scramble in the box with 21:59 left in regulation to bring Virginia within one. Then, just 1:43 later, Lori Lindsey scored on a free kick that was lobbed over a Maryland wall and Serrins to tie the game at the 69:44 mark.

Virginia took the lead for good as Darci Borski's high lob shot that deflected off of Serrins' hands into the goal with 8:15 left in regulation, giving the Cavs the 3-2 win.

Maryland will be back in action on Wednesday night as they host Howard at 5 p.m.

Box Score

No. 15 Virginia (7-5-0, 2-2 ACC)   0	3	--	3
Maryland (5-7-0, 0-4 ACC)        2	0	--	2

Scoring: Virginia- Katie Tracy (Lindsey Grubbs, Ashley Meeker) 68:01, Lori Lindsey (unassisted) 69:44, Darci Borski (Lindsey) 82:45. Maryland - Courtney Beirne (Carly Viher) 26:42, Terri Greer (Beirne, Sara Gustafson) 31:21.

Goalies: Virginia- Julie Harris (90 minutes, 6 saves, 2 GA). Maryland - Riki-Ann Serrins (90 minutes, 12 saves, 3 GA).

Yellow Cards: Virginia - none. Maryland - none.

Team Stats: Virginia - Shots 12-17=29, Corner Kicks 3-5=8, Saves 3-3=6, Fouls 3-6=9, Offsides 2. Maryland - Shots 9-5=14, Corner Kicks 2-1=3, Saves 6-6=12, Fouls 0-11=11, Offsides 2.

Attendance: 1,242.