Sept. 4, 2006
College Park, Md. - Junior midfielder Melissa Hornfeck scored two goals and added an assist to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a dominating 6-0 victory over UMBC Monday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
"Today was a great team effort," said Terrapin head coach Brian Pensky. "Six goals from five different people is terrific. We have more depth in the program now than we've had in a number of years. And the players that came in off the bench today worked hard in their effort to earn more minutes."
It didn't take the Terps long to get on the board. Senior midfielder Sarah Sample scored her first goal of the season in just the third minute of play. Redshirt-sophomore Stevie Dunning sent a long cross from the left wing to the right side of the UMBC penalty box where Sample ran onto the ball and finished it into the upper half of the Retriever goal.
A little more than three minutes later junior forward Kelly Rozumalski picked up her first goal of the season, chipping the ball over Retriever goalkeeper Catie Bukowski from 25 yards out. The play began as freshman midfielder Amanda Paizs sent a clean pass to Hornfeck who hit a streaking Rozumalski with a terrific through-ball for the scoring opportunity.
Hornfeck got into the scoring act in the eighth minute of play with her first goal as a Terrapin. Sample started the play with a pass through the center of the UMBC defense that found Hornfeck's feet and she finished with an easy chip into the net from 12 yards out.
The Terps took a 4-0 lead in the 26th minute when freshman midfielder Emily Maynard tallied her second score of the season. Sophomore defender Amanda Paizs picked up her first career assist by starting the play with a pass to Rozumalski, who dropped the ball off with a simple touch for Maynard who finished from 12 yards out in front of the goal.
Hornfeck scored her second of the game in the 51st minute after beating the UMBC keeper one-on-one. Maynard tallied the assist, the first of her Terrapin career, after setting-up the goal with a terrific pass through the center of the Retriever defense.
Maryland continued to press the attack throughout the second half, but could not get another goal across until the 85th minute. That's when redshirt-sophomore defender Lauren Gamble scored the first goal of her career on a long shot that eluded the reach of Retriever back-up keeper Christine Bacinski.
Hornfeck's five points is the first time that a Maryland player has recorded five points in a game since October 1, 2003, when Jen Biscoe and Katie Ludwig each tallied five against James Madison. Coincidentally, that game against the Dukes was ended in a 6-0 win for the Terps, which was the last time Maryland scored six or more goals in a game.
With a commanding lead Coach Pensky was able to rest senior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick for the entire second half, but not before Resnick moved into third place on the school's career saves list. The native of Boca Raton, Fla., haw has 255 saves in her career, passing current assistant coach Ali Wolff-Toole, who amassed 254 saves from 1997, 1999-2001.
Overall for the game, Maryland out-shot the Retrievers 26-5. Maryland's victory would have been even more lopsided if not for Bacinski, who racked up nine saves after relieving Bukowski in the 16th minute.
Maryland returns to action on Friday, September 8, at Dartmouth. The match between the Terps and the Big Green is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start at Chase Field in Hanover, N.H.
"Hopefully we can carry this momentum with us into our Dartmouth game on Friday. Dartmouth is an outstanding program; and they're coming off two heartbreaking losses at the Auburn tournament. This will be a big test for us, on the road against an excellent program desperate for a win."