Oct. 31, 2003
DURHAM, N.C. - In the pivotal ACC regular-season finale, the Maryland women's soccer team dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Koskinen Stadium on Friday night.
With the loss, Maryland is now 9-7-1 overall and finishes 2-5 in the ACC and can finish no higher than sixth in the ACC as the Terps look forward to next week's ACC Championships in Cary, N.C. The seeds will be set on Saturday after Clemson hosts Virginia and NC State travel to Wake Forest. Duke has clinched at least a fourth place in the league with the win-- and could move to third with a tie between Clemson and Virginia. North Carolina, which beat Florida State tonight finished a perfect 8-0. Florida State is 4-2-1 and can finish second or third. Check umterps.com for the latest on the bracket and gametimes.
Duke jumped out to the 1-0 lead as freshman Darby Kroyer scored her fourth of the season just 9:28 into the game after an even start. Kroyer converted from about 10 yards out as she took a free kick from Carolyn Ford and beat Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill to the low left corner.
Barnhill made a point-blank save on Carolyn Riggs 15 minutes into the half from the right wing of the box. She made another save off Kroyer as she deflected the ball over the net with her right hand with 12 minutes left in the first half.
Maryland broke out of halftime with vengeance as Kimmy Francis took a shot from inside the box just 28 seconds into the half that was stopped by the defender Ford on the left side of the goal crease. Just over two minutes later, Katie Ludwig had a breakaway but was stopped by Thora Helgadottir.
Both Helgadottir and Barnhill finished with three saves as Duke outshot Maryland, 11-7.
Freshman defender Ashly Kennedy went down with a strained left hip flexor early in the first half and did not return after leaving 16 minutes into the game. She was replaced by junior Lindsay Niehaus, who played the final 74 minutes.
Maryland returns home for its 2003 regular-season finale as the Terps host cross-town rival Navy on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The senior class of Kristen Barnhill, Jen Biscoe, Lindsay Givens, Katie Ludwig, Audra Poulin, Carly Viher along with undergraduate assistant coach Valerie Lawrence will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.