Sept. 1, 2002
STORRS, Conn - The No. 9 Connecticut Huskies captured the championship of the 2002 Adidas UConn Classic with a 3-1 victory of the Maryland Terrapins in women's soccer on Sunday afternoon at Marrone Stadium.
"We had a slow start in our first real test of the season," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "They are a potent team and they have a very good attack. But I think we figured it out in the second half. We pressured them and built some confidence."
UConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of early goals just 28 seconds apart. Kristen Graczyk scored on a header off a pass from Jennifer Sullivan 10:47 into the match. The Huskies followed that with a goal by Jennifer Gjertsen, 11:15 into the game.
After being outshot, 9-7 in the first half, the more inspired Terps came out on the attack in the second half. Maryland took 11 of the first 12 shots in the second half with 10 of those coming in the first 12 minutes of the half.
Maryland's offense was finally rewarded as Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) knocked in a rebound off a header shot by Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) in the 56th minute to make it 2-1. The play started with a corner kick by Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.), who was credited with her third assist of the tournament.
The Huskies regained the two-goal lead as Gjertsen scored on a pretty play off a cross from Sarah Popper for the second time in the game to make it 3-1 in the 73rd minute.