Oct. 13, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland sophomore forward Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) scored her first career goal to lift the Maryland women's soccer team to a dramatic double-overtime victory over No. 8 Clemson on Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
Poulin scored at the 110:53 mark as she took a pass down the center of the field from fellow sophomore Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and beat Clemson keeper Katie Carson to the left side from about five yards out.
The goal came on the 63rd shot of Poulin's two year-career, ending a scoreless drought spanning her 30 collegiate games at Maryland.
"This is just one of the greatest monents of my life," said an overwhelmed Poulin. "After having gone so long with so many shots and not scoring I'm so happy that my first goal is such a great one. Jen Biscoe really set it up for me, she laid a perfect drive for me and I thought to myself, I'm going to hit this ball as hard as I can -- and it went it!"
For Maryland (6-4-1, 2-3-0 ACC), the win was its 31st all-time against a ranked team and ninth all-time against a Top 10 team. The win was also Maryland's first in overtime in nearly two years. On Oct. 17, 1999, Maryland also shocked a top-10 Clemson team, stunning the then-No. 9 Tigers in overtime as well.
The Tigers suffer just their second loss of the season falling to 8-2-0 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. The loss also ends a streak of four consecutive shutouts by Carson.
"This was a great turnaround for us," said coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "After the Virginia game, we knew we had to make some adjustments. Tonight we stayed positive and we really went after it. Audra scoring her first goal just topped it off."
Maryland's defense was solid all night, recording its sixth shutout of the season. Senior captain Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.) made three saves as she added to Maryland record shutout total, moving it to 17.5 with the whitewash.
The Terps' defense also made several outstanding plays. Freshman Lindsay Niehaus (Cincinnati, Ohio) made a key play with 4:04 left in regulation as she saved a shot by Clemson's Heather Beem after Wolff had come out of the net.
Then just two minutes into the first overtime, Niehaus and sophomore captain Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.) made back-to-back stops on Clemson's speedy Deliah Arrington, cutting off the forward deep in the Maryland zone and forcing the ball from her possession.
Maryland controlled the ball for much of the game, outshooting Clemson, 16-11.
The Terps return in action on Wednesday as James Madison comes to Ludwig Field for a 7 p.m. matchup.
No. 8 Clemson (8-2, 2-2 ACC) 0-0-0-0=0
Maryland (6-4-1, 2-3 ACC) 0-0-0-1=1
Team Stats: Clemson - Shots: 3-5-2-1=11, Corner Kicks 4-1-2-0=7, Saves 2-2-0-2=6, Fouls 8-9-2-1=20, Offsides 2-1-0-0=3. Maryland - Shots 5-7-1-3=16, Corner Kicks 0-1-0-0=1, Saves 0-2-1-1=4, Fouls 4-11-3-1=19, Offsides 0-0-0-0=0.