Sept. 4, 2011
ITHACA, N.Y. - Junior Domenica Hodak tallied a career-best two assists and the Terrapins posted their school-record setting sixth consecutive shutout as the No. 3 University of Maryland women's soccer team blanked Cornell 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Charles F. Berman Field.
"This was a great all-around win," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We played attractive soccer, we scored some good goals, and we received terrific contributions from everybody off the bench."
The sixth-straight shutout tops the previous record set in 1996 when the Terps blanked five consecutive opponents. Maryland's goalkeepers, senior Yewande Balogun and sophomore Shannon Zickler, did not even face a shot on goal by the Big Red to post the combined shutout.
The Terps opened the scoring with an early goal, the first of the season by Spencer, a two-time first team All-ACC selection and 2010 NSCAA All-American, in the 10th minute. Hodak played the ball into Spencer, who finished it off for the 1-0 Maryland lead.
That's the way the first half would end and the Terps headed into the break holding a 9-1 shot advantage over the Big Red. Maryland put four of its nine shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, forcing Cornell goalkeeper Kelly Murphy to make three saves.
Hodak's big day continued in the second half when she picked up her career-best second assist by setting up sophomore Hayley Brock's goal in the 70th minute.
Brock then got in the giving spirit herself in the 81st minute, setting up freshman Cory Ryan's first collegiate goal.
The Terps' final goal came in the 84th minute on a terrific corner kick by senior Sade Ayinde, who bent the ball into the net directly from the corner to make it a 4-0 game.
For the game, the Terps out-shot the Big Red 29-3 and put 14 of those 29 shots on goal, while Cornell failed to muster even one shot on the Terrapin net.
Maryland returns to College Park for its final non-conference home match on Wednesday night when the Terps take on American at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.