April 21, 1997

1996 Women's Soccer Season Review

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head Coach Alan Kirkup, in his first season at Maryland, led Maryland to a school record 19 wins and into the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Terps advanced to the third round of the tournament with victories over George Washington (2-0, Nov. 16) and the University of San Diego (1-0, Nov. 24) before losing to Notre Dame, 2-0, in a game played in South Bend, Ind.

Senior defender Erin Taylor was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in a vote by the league's eight head coaches. The four-year starter and senior co-captain has been the backbone of the one of the toughest defense's in the nation. Taylor has started all 25 of Maryland's games and the Terps have allowed a school record low tying 0.79 goals per game. Sophomore Emmy Harbo and Taylor were First-Team All-ACC selections while sophomore Robin McCullough earned Second-Team conference honors. In addition, senior goalkeeper Missy Price ranked in ranked top 10 in the nation and finished first in the Mid-Atlantic region with a career best 0.59 goals against average. Price recorded a career high nine shutouts which tied for the single season school record.

The Terps began the season with a school record-setting 14 game winning streak and a school record setting 16 game unbeaten string. The Terps did not come up on the losing side of the scoreboard until October 19. During the winning and unbeaten streak, the Terps defeated two ranked teams, tied another and won the championships of the James Madison, Hartford and George Mason University tournaments. They defeated teams from far and wide, from Hawaii to New Hampshire and from Texas to Georgia.

Maryland claimed the mythical Washington, D.C. - Baltimore corridor championship with victories over UMBC, George Washington and George Mason. During the season, four of the Terps five losses came to ranked teams with two defeats coming at the hands of the No. 1 (Notre Dame) and No. 2 (North Carolina) teams in the nation.