Aug. 29, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Hayley Brock had a goal and two assists to lead the No. 3 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout of Navy Monday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
"Hats off to Navy, they came in here not having given up a goal in the run of play and they were everything we thought they would be - hard working, organized and good in the air," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "But, credit to our kids for taking care of business and scoring three good goals. I don't think we were as sharp in our possession as we could have been. However, this game is about scoring goals and preventing goals and we continued to be good in those categories."
The shutout is the fourth of the season for the Terps (3-0-1) and is the first time in the program's 25-year history that the team has started a season with four-straight shutouts.
The shutout streak seemed to be over in the 24th minute when a scramble in front of the Maryland goal ended with Navy's Brittany Fruin putting the ball in the back of the net. But, the Mids were ruled to have been offsides prior to the goal, so it was taken off the board.
The first goal of the game came in the 29th minute and started with a simple two-man game with Brock and senior Lydia Hastings that saw Hastings end up with the ball on the left side and she sent a good cross to junior Olivia Wagner roughly 10 yards outside of the 18-yard box in the middle of the field.
Wagner did a nice job not rushing the opportunity and patiently setup herself for a shot. When she did turn for the shot she got of a rocket that kept rising and eventually found the upper right corner for the 1-0 Maryland lead.
The Terps tacked on the insurance goal before halftime in the 41st minute. A throw-in on the right side of the field from senior Annesia Faulkner to sophomore Kristen Schmidbauer turned into a score when Schimdbauer crossed the ball into the Navy 18-yard box. That's where Brock got on the end of the cross with a picture-perfect header that sailed just over the leaping Midshipmen keeper to make it 2-0.
Brock wrapped up her four-point day with an assist on the third Maryland goal. She took a shot on the right side of the box, but that was blocked by a Navy defender. Brock collected the rebound and crossed the ball back to the middle of the field where freshman Alex Doody finished it inside the left post, making it 3-0 Maryland.
Senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun turned in her fourth clean sheet of the season, having to only make two saves, and now has 13 shutouts for her career.
Maryland returns to action on Friday, Sept. 2 vs. St. Louis at Ludwig Field. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start and is the first game of a women's-men's soccer doubleheader that has the Terps' men's team playing Stanford at 7:30 p.m.