Sept. 22, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Kent State Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
The result gives the Terps a 4-1-2 record, while the Golden Flashes now stand at 2-4-1 on the season.
Maryland dominated the entire game, out-shooting Kent State 33-5, including 17-0 in the first half. But the Flashes were opportunistic, scoring on their first shot of the game, which did not come until the 58th minute. Kimberly Dimitroff took a through ball from Caitlin Hester and slipped a shot into the lower right corner of the Terrapin goal.
Maryland scored the tying goal in the 76th minute off a great set-piece following a Kent State foul. Junior forward Kaila Sciascia took the free kick from just outside the right side of the 18-yard box. She flipped a nice ball over the wall and into the box, but neither team could control the pass. The ball eventually ended up at the feet of senior co-captain Ashly Kennedy, who turned and fired a volley past the Golden Flash defense into the left side of the net.
Senior co-captain Shelley McDuff almost gave the Terps the win in the 85th minute with a screaming blast from nearly 30 yards out that sailed just inches over the crossbar.
Kent State did not get off a shot in either overtime period as the Terrapins controlled possession. Maryland last great scoring opportunity came in the 108th minute with both Bresani and sophomore midfielder Emily Maynard coming within inches of scoring. Bresani's shot deflected off of a Kent State defender and rattled off the crossbar. It rebounded out in front of the goal where Maynard collected the loose ball and fired a shot, but it hit off the left post.
Maryland's freshman goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made one save in the match, while her counterpart from the Golden Flashes, Kris Nelson, stopped eight shots.
Maryland begins its conference schedule on Thursday, September 27, when it travels to Clemson to take on the Tigers in a 7:00 p.m. match at Riggs Field.