Sept. 9, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An early second half goal by sophomore Jasmyne Spencer lifted the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory at American Wednesday afternoon. With the win the Terps remain undefeated in 2009 with a 6-0 record.
"American is a good team and they put 10 players behind the ball and made it difficult for us," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Good teams find ways to win on not so crisp days. And today we were not so crisp. But, I'm proud of our determination, and out defending, as we made it difficult for American to get anything going in the attack."
Maryland dominated the game, out-shooting the Eagles 20-4, including a 9-1 advantage in the first half, but despite that the game was scoreless heading into intermission.
As has been the case so far this season, the early minutes of the second half proved to be the time the Terps got on the board. Junior Caitlin McDowell served a great ball into Spencer in the 49th minute. Spencer got on the end of it and finished it with a quick header from close range.
The Terrapin defense controlled the game, allowing just two shots on goal, which senior goalkeeper Mary Casey stopped easily to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. Eagle keeper Arianna Efstathiou did her best to keep American in the match, making 10 saves, nearly doubling her total for the season.
The Terps put their undefeated record on the line again on Sunday, Sept. 13 when they host James Madison at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.