Aug. 31, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team lost a heartbreaking 1-0 match to Elon Sunday evening at Ludwig Field.
The Phoenix's Molly Calpin knocked home the game's lone goal in the 67th minute on a free kick from inside the Terps' 18-yard box. Elon was awarded the free kick on an obstruction call on a Maryland's Mary Casey as she was shielding a Phoenix forward to allow goalkeeper Yewande Balogun to collect a loose ball inside the penalty box.
The Terrapins had their scoring chances in the match, especially as the clock wound down. In the 79th minute, Casey got off a solid header, but Phoenix goalkeeper Lizz Johnson punched the ball over the crossbar to preserve Elon's lead.
Maryland had its own scoring chance thanks to an obstruction call right at the Phoenix 18-yard box. Terps' senior forward Kaila Sciascia was interfered with, but fought through the foul and appeared to tie the match at 1-1 when she finished the ball into the upper right corner of the Elon net. However, the referee had already blown the whistle for the obstruction. On Maryland's ensuing indirect free kick senior midfielder Nataly Arias' shot was blocked.
Freshman forward Danielle Schulmann had two cracks at the Phoenix goal in the 88th minute, but was unlucky in both attempts. First, Schulmann's shot from inside the 18-yard box was blocked, but Johnson, who came off her line on the shot, was unable to control the loose ball. Schulmann fought through an Elon defender and got off a solid strike at what appeared to be an empty net, but another Phoenix player slipped into the goal and got a foot on the ball preventing the tying score.
The Terps had one last opportunity when Elon was called for a foul just beyond the right side of its 18-yard box. Freshman defender Sade Ayinde sent the free kick into the box where Casey carved some space and flicked a header toward the Phoenix net, but Anderson was there to make the save preserving the win for Elon.
Maryland returns to action on Friday, Sept. 5 with a 5 p.m. match against American at Ludwig Field. The match is the first part of a women's-men's soccer doubleheader that also features the Terrapin men's soccer team taking on Hartford at 8 p.m.