Sept. 2, 2006
College Park, Md. - The University of Maryland's women's soccer team controlled every aspect of the game against Towson at Ludwig Field, but had to settle for a 0-0 tie in its Mid-Atlantic Regional battle with the Tigers.
"First, congratulations to Towson on a positive result," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "For us, it's frustrating. Our players know we need to do a better job in the final third.
"Today's 0-0 tie wasn't the result of not enough scoring opportunities; it was a result of not taking care of those opportunities. But overall we're very proud of our effort - and I know our players will be chomping at the bit Monday afternoon against UMBC."
The first half played to a 0-0 tie, but the Terps dominated play, controlling the midfield and outshooting the Tigers 11-5. Maryland had some opportunities off of three corner kicks, but could not get a shot past the pesky Towson defense led by goalkeeper Brandi Daniels, who stopped four Terrapin shots.
The second half was another scoreless battle, but both teams certainly had a number of quality scoring opportunities. Towson started the period as the aggressors. Erica Marshall fired a shot in the 57th minute, but Terrapin keeper Nikki Resnick was able to get enough of the ball to tip the ball up and over the net off of the crossbar.
The Tigers would have another quality chance in the 61st minute when a Maryland foul gave Towson a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Alison Reinhart took the kick for the Tigers, but sent it high over the goal.
Maryland would respond by controlling possession in the later part of the half. The Terps took four shots in the span of 15 minutes, but Daniels was there to make the saves for Towson. The Terrapins' best opportunity came in the 88th minute when junior midfielder Shelly McDuff sent a through-ball toward the Tiger goal where freshman Molly Dreska beat Daniels to the ball. That left Dreska with an open-net, but her shot deflected off of the left post, ending the threat.
The first overtime period saw Maryland junior Kelly Rozumalski with a scoring chance in the 97th minute, but once again Daniels was there for the save. The Tigers had another free kick in front of the Terrapin goal following a Maryland foul, but this time Reinhart sent the kick harmlessly into the Terp defensive wall.
Rozumalski had another tremendous scoring chance early in the second overtime period, launching a shot from 25 yards out that just skimmed over the top of the Tiger goal. Maryland's final scoring opportunity came in the 117th minute when Dreska sent a ball into the box to junior Melissa Hornfeck. Hornfeck, moving from left to right across the bax, left the ball for Rozumalski, who laced a shot where Daniels was in position to make the game-saving save, her 13th of the match.
Towson had one final opportunity to win the game as Rosie Goldberg had a clear look at the Maryland goal from 10 yards out on the right side of the net, but her shot was grabbed by Resnick to keep the game a 0-0 tie.
Maryland returns to action on Monday, September 4, against another in-state rival, UMBC, at 4:30 p.m. That game is another front-end match of a women's-men's doubleheader as the NCAA champion Maryland men's team takes on Louisville at 7:00 p.m.