Sept. 18, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team defeated Brown, 3-1, Friday night at Ludwig Field to conclude its non-conference schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.
Maryland, which had only scored two first-half goals heading into tonight's game, didn't wait until the second half to get on the board vs. the Bears. Junior Molly Dreska saw to that in the 29th minute when she laced a shot from 40 yards out into the upper left 90 to give the Terrapins a 1-0 lead.
As has been their M.O. all season long, the Terps got on the board early in the second half to increase their lead to 2-0. It was Dreska again finishing the play for Maryland. Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer possessed the ball in front of the Brown goal, but couldn't not turn and free herself for a shot. She was being pulled down by a Bear defender, but managed to get the ball to Dreska, who pounded the ball into the top left corner for her second goal of the night.
Brown got a bit of a lift in the 52nd minute when it capitalized on a free kick to get its only score of the night. Sylvia Stone sent the ball into the 18-yard box where it was flicked by Diana Ohrt and finished by Gina Walker to trim the Terps' lead back to a goal.
It wouldn't stay there though as Spencer scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 85th minute to secure the victory. Freshman Danielle Hubka made a strong run down the right side and crossed the ball across the goal mouth where Spencer finished it from six yards out.
The victory gives the Terps (8-0-0) their first undefeated record in non-conference play since 1996. That season Maryland was 13-0 in regular season non-conference games.
"This is a good win, and a terrific way to finish non-conference play," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Now our attention turns to the ACC schedule, beginning with Florida State on Thursday. Their success speaks for itself, and we look forward to playing such an outstanding team and program."
The Terrapins will begin conference play on Thursday, Sept. 24, when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on No. 5 Florida State at 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex.