Oct. 23, 2005
Charlottesville, Va. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team played well and had its share of scoring chances at No. 8 Virginia Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., but was twice thwarted by the crossbar in a 2-0 defeat.
Senior defender Danielle Malagari nearly gave the Terps a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when she collected a ball on the far right side of the field, just across the midfield stripe. Without hesitation, Malagari fired a left-footed shot from more than 40 yards out toward the upper left corner of the Cavalier net that just nicked the crossbar and bounced over the goal. The shot was nearly identical to the one she took against Virginia Tech on October 19, when the Hokie keeper was able to tip her shot from 42 yards off the crossbar and over the goal.
Virginia came right back at the Terrapin defense five minutes later and Jen Redmond became the crossbar's next victim.
Less than a minute later, Terrapin freshman Kaila Sciascia found senior co-captain Kimmy Francis with a nice through-ball that Francis collected and fired at the Cavalier net, but Christina de Vries was there to make the save, one of her three on the afternoon.
The Terps almost broke the scoreless tie with less than three minutes to play in the first half when senior midfielder Simone Dekker was able to create some space but her shot sailed high over the Virginia goal.
The Cavaliers came out strong at the start of the second half, but junior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, who finished with seven saves on the afternoon, made back-to-back saves in the first five minutes to keep the game scoreless.
But Virginia was finally able to break through in the 57th minute when a Maryland foul gave the Cavaliers a free kick from 20 yards that All-American Sarah Huffman finished for her second goal of the season. The Wahoos would tack on the insurance goal in the 64th minute when Jess Ronstedt scored her eighth goal of the season.
Virginia kept up the offensive pressure, but was unable to get another score past Resnick and the Terrapin defense, which gave the Terps one more opportunity to try to get a goal on the board and get back into the game.
Maryland won a corner kick in the 84th minute that Francis took and sent to the far post where midfielder Aimee Bresani connected with a header that just sailed right of the Cavalier net.
With time running out the Terps had two opportunities in the final two minutes, but the crossbar and de Vries were there again to turn them away. Dekker struck a great ball in the 88th minute that just clipped the crossbar, while freshman forward Lauren Sands had a good scoring chance in the 89th minute, but de Vries was there for the save.
The loss drops the Terps to 4-10-3 on the season, 2-5-2 in the ACC. Despite the loss, Maryland still sits in eighth place in the conference, which would earn the Terrapins a spot in the ACC Tournament.
Earlier today, Clemson (4-4-1 in the ACC) went on the road and defeated NC State (2-7-0 in the ACC) 3-1. Maryland is battling NC State and Miami for the final slot in the ACC Tournament. Miami, 2-6-0 in the ACC, was scheduled to host Wake Forest in its season finale today, but that game was postponed due to Hurricane Wilma. That game has now been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30, in Winston-Salem at 10:30 a.m.
Maryland finishes up the 2005 regular season on Saturday, October 29, when it hosts No. 11 Boston College at Ludwig Field at 5:00 p.m.