Oct. 22, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. -
Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer scored twice to lead the No. 8 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout at Clemson Thursday night at Riggs Field.
The victory gives the Terps a 4-2-2 mark in conference play and marks just the fourth time in school history that the team has won four ACC games in a season. Overall, Maryland improved to 12-2-2 on the season, which is the program's highest win total since going 13-8-1 in 2002.
Clemson, which dropped to 3-13 on the year and 0-8 in the ACC, played the Terps tough in the first half and sent the game into halftime deadlocked at 0-0.
But after the intermission, as Maryland has done so often this season, the Terrapins came out and got on the board quickly. Spencer tallied her first goal of the game in the 49th minute off an assist from freshman Danielle Hubka. Hubka got in behind the Tiger defense and pulled Clemson goalkeeper Paula Pritzen off her line. With defenders closing in, Hubka got the ball to Spencer, who finished from 10 yards out.
Maryland held on to its 1-0 lead until the 74th minute when Spencer struck again, netting her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Ashley Grove, who was robbed of a goal by the crossbar against NC State, was victimized by the post this time, but the ball bounced right to Spencer, who cleaned up the rebound from six yards away.
Grove would not be denied of a score in the 84th minute as she tallied an unassisted goal; her sixth of the year.
Maryland's defense, led by its starting backline of seniors Brittany Cummins and Megan Watson and sophomores Skyy Anderson and Mallory Baker and reserve sophomore Colleen Deegan, recorded its seventh shutout of the season. Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey tied her season high with five saves in the victory.
"This completes an 18 day stretch where we played six games, and to go 4-0-2 in that stretch is fabulous," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "What our kids have done since going 0-2 in the league is outstanding. We've set the table nicely going into the final weekend of ACC play. But we need to keep pushing, keep getting better, and look to get results in our final two games."
The Terps will have seven days to prepare for their next contest. Maryland will host No. 12 Wake Forest on Thursday, Oct. 29 in a 7 p.m. game at Ludwig Field.