Sept. 21, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior midfielder Kim King (Media, Pa.) posted her first-career multi-goal game as the Maryland women's soccer team blanked George Washington, 2-0, on Friday night at Ludwig Field. The Terps moved to 4-1 overall, with all four wins coming on shutouts by senior captain Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.). George Washington falls to 2-3.
Both of King's goals were assisted by sophomore Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Jenny Boyd (Herndon, Va.) The big nights came for a pair of players who drew their first starts of the 2001 season in their most extensive playing time this season. Biscoe was playing in just her second game since returning from a second surgery for a torn ACL originally suffered last season. Boyd made her first start since her freshman year of 1997 and saw her most playing time since 1998. She had missed the entire 1999 and 2000 seasons with an assortment of leg and foot injuries.
"I was really pleased with our performance, especially from Boyd and Biscoe," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who improved to 3-0 against George Washington -- the school she coached from 1991-97. "Jenny Boyd played a tremendous game and really gave us a boost. Biscoe showed what makes her a special player and why we have been so anxious to get her back in the lineup. She can be real dangerous."
King tallied the first goal in the 37th minute as she collected ball off a Boyd deflection from Biscoe's corner kick. Then King scored again as she angled home a shot from the deep left corner near the end line in the 68th minute.
The defense was solid once again -- but with a different lineup. With injuries to starting juniors Valerie Lawrence (Silver Spring, Md.) and Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.), causing both players to miss the first games of their Maryland careers, the Terps received a much needed boost from two surprising players. Senior forward Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) was moved to right back and freshman Lindsay Niehaus (Cincinnati, Ohio) drew her first start as a collegian and helped the Terps to the shutout.
Between the pipes, Wolff made seven saves -- a season-high -- as she improved her career shutout total to a Maryland record 15.5. Wolff's 2001 goals against average dropped to 0.20.
The Terps return to action on Sunday as they host ACC rival Wake Forest (0-3-1) at 1 p.m. The first 200 fans receive free Maryland soccer T-shirts.
George Washington (2-3) 0 0 -- 0
Maryland (4-1) 1 1 -- 2
Goalkeepers: George Washington - Christine O'Malley (90 minutes, 2 goals allowed, 11 saves. Maryland - Ali Wolff (90 minutes, 0 goals allowed, 7 saves).
Team Stats: George Washington - Shots 3-7=10, Corner Kicks 1-0=1, Saves 7-4=11, Fouls 7-6=13, Offsides 0-0=0. Maryland - Shots 12-14=26, Corner Kicks 1-7=8, Saves 3-4=7, Fouls 2-8=10, Offsides 1-2=3.
Yellow Card: George Washington - Colleen Ragan 83:46.