Oct. 5, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland senior forward Courtney Beirne (Westminster, Md.) scored the first-ever goal by a Maryland women's soccer player against North Carolina in 18 matches as the Terps fell to the No. 1 Tar Heels, 3-1 on Friday night.
A near-record crowd of 2,728 went into a frenzy as Beirne took a pass from Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) and tipped it past UNC keeper Kristin DePlachett to tie the game at 1-1 at the 22:20 mark. The goal ended a streak of 77 consecutive goals by North Carolina against Maryland dating to the first match in 1987. Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) was also credited with an assist for opening up the play leading to Beirne's tip into the lower left corner of the goal.
"It was a great feeling to score finally," said Beirne. "Nothing would have compared to a win but it was great to finally break that streak."
Overall, Maryland (5-3-1, 1-2-0 ACC) played an even match with North Carolina for the first 63 minutes. North Carolina broke the 1-1 tie as Susan Bush scored on a thru ball from Maggie Tomecka beating Maryland keeper Ali Wolff in a one-on-one situation at 63:37.
"I was very pleased with our performance," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who won four national championships as a player at North Carolina from 1986-89. "We played with the No. 1 team in the country. We were very organized and played with them throughout the the match."
North Carolina (10-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) took a 3-1 lead as Anne Remy scored off a double-assist from Susan Bush and Alyssa Ramsey in the 82nd minute to seal the win.
Maryland was only narrowly outshot by the Heels, 7-6 and took nine corner kicks as compared to five for UNC.
"Maryland had an excellent gameplan," said head coach Anson Dorrance. "When Shannon played for me she was one of the best tactical players I have ever coached. Her team showed how organized they could be in the game and that is a credit to her and her players."
North Carolina took a 1-0 lead just 4:43 into the match as Ramsey scored on a header from a corner kick by Catherine Reddick.
The crowd was the largest at a women's game at Ludwig Field since the all-time facility record of 4,380 was set in a Maryland-North Carolina match on Oct. 10, 1997.
In the nets, Wolff made two saves and DePlachett starting in place in injured UNC keeper Jenni Branam made two saves.
Overall, it was a great night as Maryland honored it women's soccer alumni including WUSA players Michelle Demko (Philadelphia Charge), Emily Janss (New York Power) and Keri Sarver (Washington Freedom) in a special halftime ceremony.
Maryland returns to action next Wednesday night as they travel to Charlottesville to face Virginia on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
No. 1 North Carolina 1-2=3
Goalkeepers: North Carolina - Kristin DePlachett (90 minutes, 1 GA, 2 saves). Maryland - Ali Wolff (90 minutes, 3 GA, 2 saves).
Team Stats: North Carolina - Shots: 3-4=7, Corner Kicks 3-2=5, Saves 0-2=2, Fouls 11-6=17, Offsides 1-2=3. Maryland - Shots: 2-4=6, Corner Kicks 3-6=9, Saves 2-0=2, Fouls 6-5=11, Offsides 0-3=3.
Att: 2,728 (largest since record 4,380 on Oct. 10, 1997)