Sept. 2, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team battled No. 9 Connecticut for nearly 110 minutes, but the Huskies were able to pull out a 2-1 victory in the second overtime in the first game of the Notre Dame Invitational at Alumni Field in Notre Dame, Ind.
UConn's Brittany Taylor scored the game winner in the 109th minute when she was able to take a long ball from Jennifer Sullivan, split the Maryland defense and fire a shot into the far right corner of the Terrapin goal. The goal capped two tremendously hard-fought overtime periods, during which neither team could really mount a serious threat.
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"This was a great challenge," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "UConn was a very good team tonight, but we were quite good as well. Our players deserved a better result. We battled for nearly 110 minutes and at no point did we believe we were going to lose."
For a game that ended up being a battle of attrition, guts and gritty defensive work, it didn't start out that way
The Huskies jumped on top of the Terps in the ninth minute when UConn capitalized on a Maryland turnover to take a 1-0 lead. Kristi Lefebvre corralled the loose ball and sent a through ball into forward Brittany Tegeler. Terp goalkeeper Nikki Resnick came out to get the ball, but Tegeler beat her to it and touched the ball into the Maryland net for the early advantage.
That lead would not last though, as the Terrapins tied the score in the 12th minute on sophomore midfielder Nataly Arias' first goal of the season. Senior Danielle Malagari, making her first start of the 2005 season, sent a free kick into the lower right coner of the Husky box. UConn keeper Stephanie Labbe couldn't hold the ball and Maryland forward Simone Dekker sent the loose ball to the front of the net where Arias' finished it from two yards out.
The Terps appeared to take a 2-1 lead in the 27th minute on a 40-yard blast from Malagari that found the upper right corner of the Husky goal, but a controversial offsides call nullified the goal.
The second half started out much like the first with the offenses coming out trying to get a score on the board quickly. Freshman Kaila Sciascia had the half's first real scoring chance when she settled a losse ball just outside the Husky penalty box and fired a shot that just went over the crossbar. UConn countered that offensive threat with one of its own less than a minute later. Tegeler sent a long free kick into the Terps' penalty area where Alisse Kosloski got a good header on the ball, but this one too sailed over the top of the crossbar.
Connecticut seemed to get its second wind near the end of the second half and pressured the Maryland goal in the final two minutes. The Huskies did get shots at the Terp net in the closing moments from Lefebvre and Taylor, but both of those were wide to the right.
The teams wrestled for control during the first overtime, but neither team was able to get a quality shot on goal.
The second overtime saw each team get a couple of opportunities before Taylor's game-winning goal. For the Terps, All-American Mallory Mahar settled a lo\ose ball at the top of the UConn box, but this time Labbe was able to hold on for the save.
Despite the loss, the Maryland team showed tremendous determination, especially in the defensive backfield, where defenders Sarah Sample, Lauren Krasko, Ashly Kennedy and Malagari limited UConn to just four shots on goal.
"This is a tough result for us," said Pensky, "but we must put it behind us and get ready to play the defending national champions on Sunday, which is not only a challenge, but a tremendous opportunity as well."
Maryland finishes play in the Notre Dame Invitational with a 1 p.m. game with No. 1 Notre Dame on Sunday ay Alumni Field.