Sept. 12, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the second-straight match, freshman forward Danielle Schulmann got on the end of a cross and finished a goal for the University of Maryland women's soccer team. Last Sunday against Temple it was an insurance goal, but against Dartmouth in the opening match of the Virginia Soccer Classic in Charlottesville, Va., Schulmann's goal gave the Terps a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
But Schulmann's goal wasn't just about getting a win for Maryland, it showed that this team can bounce-back from adversity and has a will to win.
After a scoreless first half that saw Maryland dominate play, the Terps broke through in the 51st minute with the first collegiate goal by Erika Theisen. The sophomore midfielder snapped off a header, off a cross from sophomore forward Annesia Faulker, past Big Green goalkeeper Laurel Peak.
From there Dartmouth increased its offensive pressure and got off two good shots that Maryland keeper Mary Casey stopped. But the Big Green tied the match at 1-1 in the 75th minute thanks to a header from Peyton Tata, who got on the end of a corner kick sent in by Melisa Krnjaic.
Dartmouth seemed to have all of the momentum on its side with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, but this Terrapin squad responded to the challenge and fired right back less than three minutes later with Schulmann's tally to regain the lead.
Freshman forward Ashley Grove sent the ball in from the right side of the pitch to the middle of the field where Schulmann was able to one-time it past Peak and give Maryland the 2-1 advantage.
Maryland's defense rose to the occasion in the final 12 minutes, allowing just one shot on goal. Casey, who was making her second start of the season in goal, made four saves to earn the victory.
"This was a solid win for our team," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We had to fight for 90 minutes; and we showed terrific character down the stretch, after having given up the tying goal with 15 minutes remaining. Sunday will be an exciting challenge for our group. We look forward to playing against Coach Daly's outstanding team."
Maryland (3-2-1) finishes up its two-game trip to the Virginia Soccer Classic on Sunday, Sept. 13 with a noon match against William & Mary.