Sept. 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Its winning streak came to an end, but the University of Maryland women's soccer team proved that it deserves to be among the top programs in the nation this season with a tough 2-1 loss at No. 5 Florida State Thursday night.
"We competed hard tonight, and our kids should feel good about their performance," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Florida State is an outstanding team, yet we leave here feeling like we left points on the board.
"After some first half jitters, we settled in and connected a bit more, and took more risks in our attacking. Our players should leave this game feeling confident about our ability to win big games like this."
In an evenly contested game the Seminoles jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Tiffany McCarty scored on a low liner in the 18th minute for a 1-0 FSU lead.
That advantage would only hold for five minutes as sophomore forward Jasmyne Spencer scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Lydia Hastings earned the assist by sending a long pass to Spencer, who finished the play with a nifty chip shot from 18 yards out.
Florida State took advantage of a Terrapin foul in the 35th minute to set-up the game-winning goal. Senior Becky Edwards sent the free kick into the Maryland 18-yard box where junior Marissa Kazbour got on the end of it and headed the ball into the upper left corner.
Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey was solid in goal for the Terps, making all four of her saves in the second half, giving Maryland a shot at tying the game.
The Terrapins, now 8-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in the ACC, head to Coral Gables, Fla., for a meeting with the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday at 1 p.m.