COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Alex Doody scored twice and redshirt freshman Alex Anthony added a goal and an assist to lead the University of Maryland women’s soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of William & Mary Thursday night at Ludwig Field.
“It’s great to get a win; it’s awesome,” said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. “We left California 0-2 and we felt like we probably left one of the games slip away and that left a sour taste in our mouths, so to come back, have a few good days of preparation for what was a good William & Mary team, score four goals and get a shutout it just feels good. We’ve been working hard to get better defensively and a lot of things came together for us tonight. I think our possession is improving, our ability and want to get forward is improving. Defensively, we were good for about 55 minutes tonight, but this whole thing is a process. We made some improvements tonight and we will have to be a little bit better on Sunday when we face NC State. We talked about it with the girls all preseason and last spring that we want to get better every game and so far we have been.”
Doody got things going right away for the Terps (1-2-0) with her first goal in the third minute of play. Junior goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands sent a long ball into the Tribe defensive zone and the ball too a big hop over the William & Mary backline which allowed Doody to get behind and finish over goalkeeper Caroline Casey, who came off of her line a bit, with a nice touch.
Maryland’s lead doubled to 2-0 in the 14th minute on Doody’s second goal of the match. This time the setup came from another defender as junior Shannon Collins, who tied for the team lead in assists a season ago, sent a nice through-ball past the Tribe defenders. Casey seems to have the angle cut off for William & Mary as Doody came down the right flank, but somehow Doody was able to tap the ball and get it to squirm past the diving keeper and sneak it into the lower left corner.
The Terps’ back line continued to come though on the offensive side of the ball to give Maryland a 3-0 lead before halftime. Anthony won a 50-50 ball, but instead of trying to play through a crowd she laid the ball back for junior Erika Nelson, who in return sent a perfect ball soaring into the upper left 90 of the William & Mary goal from roughly 40 yards out.
The final score for the Terps came just after halftime off of a nice combination. Juniors Riley Barger and Aubrey Baker showed some technical passing skills to get the ball to Anthony just inside the Tribe’s 18-yard box. Anthony took care of things from there sending a rocket into the top left corner to make it a 4-0 game.
The result could have been more lopsided as junior Amanda Gerlitz was robbed of a goal in the 24th minute when Casey just go a hand on a blast from the outside that looked to have found the left side of the net.
Maryland’s other golden opportunity came in the 50th minute when Barger brought the ball down the right side and got through two William & Mary defenders before slicing a ball through the box, but none of the Terps could get to the back side in time to finish what would have been equivalent to an empty-netter.
Beanlands made four stops for the match, while Casey finished with six.
The victory is the seventh straight for the Terps in home openers, dating back to 2008. In those seven matches Maryland has outscored its opponents 32-0. The Terrapins are now 15-2-3 in home openers at Ludwig Field and 18-7-3 all-time in home openers.
The Terps will return to action on Sunday, Aug. 31 when they host former ACC foe NC State. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Ludwig Field.