Aug. 29, 2003
SEATTLE - In Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski's homecoming, the Terps dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 decision in overtime to the host Huskies in the first round of the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge.
Washington's Tina Frimpong scored from about 12 yards out off a scrmable as she collected a loose ball and scored off a pass from Kim Taylor to give Washington the win. It was the second time in the game, that the combo had hooked up as they gave Washington the opening goal in the 29th minute.
Overtime featured several chances for both teams.
Simone Dekker had a chance to win the the game midway through the first overtime, as she banged a shot off the crossbar from about 25 yards out.
Washington also had a great chance on a fast break by Frompong, who passed it off to Taylor with 5:27 left in the first overtime to set up a Husky opportunity. With Maryland goalkeeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) out of the net, defender Lauren Krasko (Grasonville, Md.) made a defensive save to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Frimpong had another chance with 3:18 left but Barnhill stoned her with her 11th save of the game -- a new career high.
The Terps had evened the score as Dekker scored in the 37th minute as the speedy sophomore converted a throw-in by senior captain Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.). For Givens, the assist was the 15th of her career moving her into a tie for fifth all-time at Maryland. It was also her 10th career assist in a throw-in over her four-year career.
Washington opened the scoring as they finally converted after they peppered Maryland's goalkeeper Barnhill. for the first 30 minutes. Tina Frimpong nailed a 15-yard shot after Barnhill committed leaving an open net. That put Washington up 1-0.
Prior to the goal, Barnhill was amazing in goal, as she made seven saves in the first 20 minutes including a penalty kick save on the Huskies' leading scorer Melissa Bennett with 26:08 left in the first half. Those seven saves alone equaled her career-high in a single-game, which she accomplished three times last season.
Maryland's Hall of Fame Coach grew up in nearby Kent, Washington and was a three-time All-American at Mount Rainier High School, graduating in 1986 before going to a star-studded career at North Carolina and with the U.S. National Team. She is now in her fifth year as the head coach at Maryland.
The Terps return to action on Sunday as they played the Washington State Cougars on the second day of action in the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge. That game will kick off at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET). The Cougars are 0-1 after falling to No. 2 North Carolina, 4-0 in the first game of Friday's action.