Oct. 23, 2004
College Park, Md. - Kimmy Francis scored in the 97th minute to break a scoreless tie and give the Maryland women's soccer team a 1-0 over No. 10 Duke Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
Junior Mallory Mahar fired a long pass from near midfield to the edge of the penalty box where Francis collected the ball, eluded two Duke defenders and rocketed the ball toward the Blue Devil net. Duke goalkeeper Allison Lipsher got a piece of the ball, but it had enough on it to trickle into the net for the game-winning goal.
The win elevated the Terps' record to 7-4-3 on the season, 3-4-2 in the ACC. It was also Maryland's second win over a Top 10 team this season, the first time that's happened since 1999. The Terps beat No. 3 UCLA 2-1 on Sept. 12. Duke drops to 12-5-0 on the season, 5-3-0 in the conference.
While the game was scoreless through regulation each team pressured the other and had opportunities to score. Just eight minutes into the game, Francis sent a corner kick into the box where a leaping Mahar made good contact with a header, but the ball hit the crossbar and was sent over the goal. That wasn't the only time the crossbar would play a part in the game however.
In the 61st minute a free kick by Duke ended up with Casey McCulskey, who entered the game with 15 goals on the season, had a clear shot at the goal, but Terps goalkeeper Nikki Resnick deflected the shot, which ricocheted off the crossbar. The ball bounced at the feet of Blue Devil Rebecca Moros, who had a wide open net to shot on, but she too found the crossbar. That deflection came to Duke's Lorraine Quinn who fired a shot wide of the Maryland net.
Blue Devil Rachel-Rose Cohen also fell victim to the crossbar in the 70th minute. Quinn sent a ball from the far right into the box and found Cohen who fired a shot that hit the crossbar.
The Terps had another brush with the crossbar in the 87th minute. Junior midfielder Simone Dekker had a clear look at the Duke goal from the far right side, but her shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and deflected out to Maryland's Nataly Arias, whose follow-up shot went over the net.
Maryland, despite 10 players playing the entire game, controlled the action at the end of the second half and carried that momentum into the overtime session. Freshman midfielder Stevie Dunning forced Lipsher to make her first save of the game in the 94th minute on a sensational bicycle kick shot.
The goal was Francis' sixth on the season and third of the week, after netting two in Maryland's 3-1 win at Navy on Tuesday. She now stands all alone in eighth place on the Terps' career goal scoring list with 19. Francis also moved into seventh place on the career points list with 55.
While Maryland has finished regular season play in the ACC, it has yet another Top 10 team for its season finale. The Terps travel to State College, Pa., on Wednesday, October 27 to take on No. 3 Penn State in a 7:00 p.m. match at Jeffrey Field.