Oct. 22, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Kelly Rozumalski didn't score or get and assist in the University of Maryland's 2-0 win over No. 11 Virginia at Ludwig Field Sunday night, but the speedy forward made the play that turned the tide in the Terps' favor.
In the 11th minute of play Rozumalski got behind the Cavalier defense and was on a breakaway toward the Virginia goal. But Wahoo defender Alli Fries caught up to Rozumalski and tackled her from behind ending the scoring opportunity. After conferring with the linesman, the referee issued a red card to Fries, giving the Terrapins a man-advantage for the remainder of the match.
It didn't take the Terps, who had only scored one goal in ACC play prior to tonight's game, long to capitalize. Maryland scored its first goal on a play that was a symbolic passing of the torch from senior to freshman.
In the 18th minute senior midfielder Sarah Sample took a pass from freshman Emily Maynard near the top center of the Virginia 18-yard box. Maynard cut to her left after the pass and Sample threaded a pass back to her in a perfect give-and-go. The freshman midfielder did the rest, scoring her third goal of the season by beating Cavalier goalkeeper Christina de Vries into the lower right corner of the goal.
The Wahoos almost tied the game in the 37th minute, but the crossbar, which has plagued Virginia all season, took away what looked like a sure goal. Jen Redmond sent a hard corner kick from the right side of the Maryland goal bending into the six-yard box. Nikki Lieb was able to get on the end of the corner and got off a good header, but the ball bounced down off of the crossbar, where Maryland junior midfielder Shelly McDuff was there to clear the ball away from danger.
Virginia had a couple of scoring opportunities early in the second half. The more dangerous of the two came in the 63rd minute. Jess Rostedt laced a shot at the left side of the Terrapin goal and looked to have struck the game tying goal, but Maryland goalkeeper Nikki Resnick did, once again, what she's done for the past three seasons. The senior from Boca Raton, Fla., leapt to her right, stretching her 5-4 frame to its fullest extension, and pulled the ball in for one of her six saves.
Maryland picked up the insurance goal just four minutes after that play, answering Virginia's attack with a tremendous counterattack. Sophomore defender Aimee Bresani pushed the ball forward out of the Maryland defensive third and played a terrific cross-field pass to Maynard on the left side of the Virginia penalty box. Maynard took one look up and crossed the ball into the box, where redshirt-sophomore Lauren Gamble was making a run. Gamble jumped to get on the end of Maynard's cross and deftly one-timed the ball past de Vries into the right side of the Cavalier net.
Maynard nearly capped off her brilliant performance with another goal in the 87th minute. She caught de Vries playing up off of her line and tried to poke a shot over her head from 40 yards out. The shot had the Cavalier goalie beat, but it just skimmed over the crossbar.
The victory came on Maryland's final home game of the 2006 season, which also marked the final appearance at Ludwig Field by seniors Melissa Heintz, Resnick and Sample.
"This is an outstanding way for our three seniors to end their careers at Ludwig Field," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky following the victory. "Everybody at Maryland considers Virginia to be one of our biggest rivals, so anytime that you beat Virginia it feels good. And we're happy that we were able to do it tonight on Senior Night.
"Our team has shown enormous fight in the last three or four weeks - however we've obviously struggled on the offensive end. Getting two great goals tonight, our players are finally able to be rewarded for all of their hard work and determination."
Maryland (5-8-4, 1-5-3 ACC) finishes its season on the road at No. 24 Boston College on Friday, October 27.