Oct. 19, 2004
Annapolis, Md. - Kimmy Francis scored twice to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Navy at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility Tuesday night.
The Terps dominated the action throughout the game, outshooting the Mids 12-4 for the game and 8-1 in the first half.
The game was scoreless until the 38th minute when junior Simone Dekker made an aggressive run up the left side of the Navy backfield and beat her defender to send a pass into the box for Francis. Francis one-touched the ball with her left heel and redirected it pas Navy goalkeeper Kim Bonafede for a 1-0 Maryland lead. Freshman Stevie Dunning also picked up an assist on the goal.
The Mids would not go down without a fight however. In the 62nd minute Terps goalkeeper Nikki Resnick left the net to track down a loose ball, but Navy's Brigette Fox beat her to the ball and shot it past the diving Resnick to know the score at 1-1.
The tie wouldn't last long, only four minutes, as junior midfielder Mallory Mahar scored the game winning goal, depositing the ball in the top right corner of the net from seven yards out. Assisting on the goal was senior defender Jennifer Lovecchio, who picked up her first collegiate point.
Francis rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the night on a penalty kick in the 78th minute. Maryland picked up the PK on a handball in box by a Navy defender. Dekker drove the ball into the right corner of the 18-yard box when Bonafede came out of the net to try to pick up the loose ball. Dekker evaded Bonafede and served the ball into the six-yard box and the Mids' Lindsay Adlam reached out for the ball, picking up the penalty. The two goals tied a career high for Francis and marked the fourth time in her career that she has scored two goals in a game.
The win improves Maryland's record to 6-4-3 on the season and an unbeaten 4-0-1 in non-conference games. The Terps also improved to 6-0-0 all-time vs. Navy and handed the Mids their first defeat at home this season.
The Terrapins return to action on Friday, Oct. 23, when they host No. 10 Duke at Ludwig Field at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the game, Maryland will recognize seniors Lovecchio and Lindsay Niehaus, who will be playing their final regular season game at Ludwig Field.