Defense Keys Terps' 2-0 Shutout Of Rutgers

Oct. 8, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's soccer team recorded its second consecutive shutout in an important regional match as the Terps blanked Rutgers 2-0 at Ludwig Field on Friday night. Maryland's defense was solid throughout the game and was complemented by head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski after the game.-

"We are really putting it together on defense," said Higgins-Cirovski. "We were very organized throughout the match on defense and that was key. We are playing with a lot of confidence now."

Maryland (5-7-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead as senior tri-captain Jackie Mynarski (Somers, N.Y.) scored on a rebound off the left post just 6:39 into the match. The midfielder has now scored the game-winning goal in two consecutive games and has moved into a tie for seventh with Audra Weber (1991-94) on the Maryland all-time goal scoring list with 19 in her career. Mynarski also passed Weber (46) for seventh on the all-time point-scoring list with 47 points in her four-year career.

The Terps secured a 2-0 lead as senior forward Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.) scored off a pass from freshman defender Lindsay Givens (Downingtown, Pa.) nine minutes into the second half.

In nets, Maryland's goalies split a shutout for the second straight game, Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.) started and played the first half, but did not make a save. Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) made three saves in the second half to share the whitewash. All-time, Wolff (9.5) and Serrins (6.5) now ranked fourth and fifth, respectively on Maryland's all-time career shutout list.

Rutgers (6-6) was outshot 12-8 and goalie Angel Hadaway (Sunrise, Fla.) made one save.

The Terps continue their five-game homestand as they host Navy on Sunday night at 7 p.m at Ludwig Field.

Box Score

Rutgers (6-6)		0	0	--	0
Maryland (5-7-1) 1 1 -- 2

Scoring: Rutgers - none. Maryland - Jackie Mynarski (unassisted) 6:39, Julie Nelson (Lindsay Givens) 54:04.

Goalies: Rutgers - Angel Hadaway (90 minutes, 1 save, 2 goals allowed). Maryland - Ali Wolff (45 minutes, 0 saves, 0 goals allowed), Riki-Ann Serrins (45 minutes, 3 saves, 0 goals allowed).

Cards: Rutgers - none. Maryland - none.

Team Stats: Rutgers - Shots 9, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 1, Fouls 11, Offsides 6. Maryland - Shots 12, Corner Kicks 2, Saves 3, Fouls 8, Offsides 0.

Attendance: 838.