Aug. 28, 2005
College Park, Md. - First-year head coach Brian Pensky had to wait an additional two days to get his first collegiate coaching win, but the 24th-ranked University of Maryland women's soccer team made sure the wait would not be any longer. The Terps scored three goals in the first half en route to a 4-0 shutout of Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
"I'm very proud of this team," said Pensky. "Friday was a tough result and the challenge was to put that game behind us and look forward to today, and I think we did that."
Senior All-American Mallory Mahar started the Terrapin scoring with a great through ball to the feet of sophomore Kelly Rozumalski, who beat Rams goalkeeper Ria Carroll with a well-placed shot into the lower right corner of the net for the Terps first goal of the 2005 season.
Senior forward Melissa Anderson, who missed each of the last two seasons due to injuries, scored for the first time since September 22, 2002 to give the Terps a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Mahar started the play with two shots inside Rhode Island's penalty box that were blocked. Mahar settled the ball for the third time, one-touched a pass to Anderson in the lower left side of the box and Anderson placed the ball into the lower right corner for the goal.
Maryland got its third goal of the first half in the 39th minute when junior defender Sarah Sample sent a long cross from the right side into the left side of the Rams' penalty box where senior midfielder Kimmy Francis finished the play with a spectacular header past Carroll for a 3-0 Terrapin lead.
Freshman Kimmy Bunting, who missed her senior season in high school with a knee injury, capped the scoring for the Terps with her first collegiate goal. Francis sent a long cross from outside the Rams' penalty box that Bunting headed past Carroll for the 4-0 lead.
On the day Maryland outshot Rhode Island 26-6 and the Terrapin defense allowed only three shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Anna Sheveland made her first appearance since September 12, 2003 and set a career high with two saves.
Maryland was able to play all 23 healthy players with six seeing varsity action for the first time in their Terrapin careers.
"The team has worked had for three weeks and it is rewarding to be able to play 23 players today," said Pensky. "But we have to move on from here and we look forward to a great challenge next weekend in South Bend."
The Terps return to action on Friday, September 2, at the Notre Dame Invitation against the 2004 Big East champion Connecticut Huskies. Maryland finishes the tournament on Sunday, September 4, with a game vs. host Notre Dame, the 2004 NCAA champions.