Aug. 23, 2009
BRONX, N.Y. - Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer scored two goals to lift the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 start to the 2009 season with a 2-1 victory at Fordham Sunday afternoon.
The 2-0 start is the first time the Terps have begun a season with back-to-back wins since 2002 when Maryland defeated Towson and Duke.
Spencer got the Terps on the board in the 29th minute with her second goal of the season. The ball was sent through the middle of the field where Spencer was able to use her speed to separate from her defender and bury a low shot from 20 yards out. Redshirt junior Molly Dreska and freshman Olivia Wagner got the assists on the goal.
The Rams were not going to go down without a fight in their season opener and tied the match at 1-1 early in the second half. Brittany Hogan scored the tying goal for Fordham off a cross from Mary Hennessey in the 53rd minute.
But the game would not remain tied for long; not even for 30 seconds.
Only 26 seconds after the Rams looked to have swung the momentum in their favor, Spencer struck again, off a feed from sophomore Ashley Grove, to give Maryland the lead back at 2-1. Once again, Spencer's speed was the difference. She was able to get behind the Fordham defense and score easily thanks to Fordham goalkeeper Jen Byer falling down during the play, leaving the Ram goal wide-open.
"Our players showed terrific character and guts today," said head coach Brian Pensky. "Fordham was a good team, and they certainly gave us all we could handle. For our players to respond the way they did, 26 seconds after Fordham had tied the game, speaks to what our group is all about right now."
The Terrapin defense was solid throughout the match, allowing just six Fordham shots overall. But after Spencer gave Maryland the lead back, the Terps' defense allowed only one shot by the Rams, which was easily stopped by senior goalkeeper Mary Casey, who made the four stops on the afternoon.
Maryland returns to College Park for its home opener against Seton Hall on Friday night at Ludwig Field. The opening kick for the match between the Terps and the Pirates is scheduled for 7 p.m.