Oct. 2, 2005
College Park, Md. - Junior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick saved a Ludwig Field record 14 shots, but the University of Maryland women's soccer team fell to No. 1-ranked North Carolina 4-0 in front of 1,727 fans at Ludwig Field Sunday afternoon.
Maryland battled the top-ranked Tar Heels in the first half, allowing only one goal, which came in the 17th minute. North Carolina's Kacey White started the scoring play with a short corner kick to Lori Chalupny, who tried to cross the ball in front of the Maryland net. Maryland sophomore midfielder Ashly Kennedy tried to clear the cross, but the ball deflected awkwardly off of her left leg into the Terrapin goal.
"I thought we were very good in the first 45 minutes today," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Then in the second half - the combination of fatigue from Friday's emotional win and yielding a second goal - we lost the edge that had made us successful."
The Terps continued to battle the Tar Heels and Resnick was stellar in net, saving several one-on-one scoring opportunities, but North Carolina's offense finally broke through in the 49th minute when White sent a long cross from the lower right corner of Maryland's defensive third to Chalupny, who received the ball at the top of the 18-yard box. Chalupny settled the pass to her right foot, but miss-hit the ball. But Resnick was screened out of the play by UNC's Yael Averbuch and Chalupny's soft shot made it through to the back of the net.
Heather O'Reilly, who was previously stopped twice in one-on-one situations with Resnick, finally got one past the Terrapin keeper in the 70th minute on a short breakaway. Resnick did get a piece of the shot, but O'Reilly had enough pace on the ball to get it into the net.
Freshman Mandy Moraca finished off the scoring with her first collegiate goal on a chip shot over Resnick in the 79th minute.
Resnick stopped seven shots in each half to set a Ludwig Field record of 14 saves in a game. The previous mark was held by Riki-Ann Serrins, who stopped 13 shots in a 3-1 win over Penn State.
"We are still in good position in the ACC, sitting at 1-1-1," said Pensky. "So, now we look forward to Florida State on Thursday."
Maryland starts a two-game road swing through Florida on Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. game at No. 14 Florida State. The Terps finish their road trip on Sunday at Miami.