Nov. 15, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - True to form, the No. 17 Maryland Terrapins used another strong second-half performance to defeat American 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Ludwig Field.
Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) paced the Terrapins' offensive assault with nine shots and scored the game's lone goal in the 60th minute, accepting a through pass from junior Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.), and sliding the ball past a sprawling Jen Liese, who teamed with Francis at Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa.
Maryland outshot the Eagles 25-3 for the game and had a 13-1 second-half shot advantage but Liese kept American in the game with 10 saves. With a one goal lead, Maryland's defense made several key plays to preserve the Maryland victory. Junior keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.) was credited with two saves. The shutout was her third solo shutout of the year.
Maryland has outscored its opponents 27-18 in the second half. Maryland has won 12 of the 13 games in which it has scored the game's first goal.
The Terps advance to the second round of the NCAA Women's College Cup to face the Penn State Nittany Lions, who defeated Princeton 2-0 earlier in the day. The last time Maryland reached the second round of the playoffs was in 1999, when they fell to the Nittany Lions 3-2 in University Park.
Sunday's affair, which begins at 1 p.m., is a rematch from an Oct. 8 contest when Penn State topped Maryland 1-0, also in University Park. The game can be heard on www.wmucsports.com.