Oct. 29, 2005
College Park, Md. - It might have been "Senior Night" at Ludwig Field, but it was a pair of freshmen that scored the goals to give the University of Maryland women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Boston College Saturday evening.
"Our seniors deserved a night like this," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Right now it feels very good to have beaten a team like Boston College. They are hard-nosed, competitive group and we matched that tonight. This win should give us the confidence we need going into the ACC Tournament next week."
The Eagles had given up only 10 goals coming into the game and the Terps had only scored 10 goals all season long, but it was Maryland that jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Senior midfielder Simone Dekker started the play, dribbling through the midfield and sending a through-ball right to the feet of freshman Kimmy Bunting, who was playing forward for the first time Sept. 18 vs. Yale. Bunting made a terrific run down the left side of the BC defensive third and crossed the ball across her body and headed toward the Eagle net. BC goalkeeper Arianna Criscione came off her line to meet Bunting, but Bunting beat Criscione with the dribble and fired a shot from the left side of the Boston College goal. The shot hit the far right post, but rebounded into the Eagle goal for the 1-0 Terrapin lead.
That lead would be short-lived as Boston College responded less than three minutes later. Heather Ferron sent a corner kick from the far right side of the Terrapin zone to the left side of the Maryland net. Tara Luciani was able to get on the end of the corner and finish the ball into the top right corner of the Terp goal to tie the score at 1-1.
The game would remain tied until the 50th minute when the Terps would counter with a corner kick goal of their own. Senior co-captain Kimmy Francis started the play with a corner kick from the far right corner that sailed to the middle of the Boston College six-yard box. Sophomore Nataly Arias was able to get on the end of the corner and get a solid header at the BC goal, but an Eagle defender was at the right post and knocked the ball back out where freshman Aimee Bresani, who was in the midfield away from the corner kick due to a broken nose, made a run into the box and headed the ball into the Boston College goal for a 2-1 Maryland lead.
The goal was the first collegiate goal for Bresani and Francis was credited with an assist, which moved her into sole possession of third place on the school's all-time points list with 67.
Armed with a one-goal lead, the Terrapins packed their defensive zone and did not allow the Eagles a quality scoring opportunity in the remaining 40 minutes.
The win guarantees Maryland (5-10-3/3-5-2 ACC) a spot in next week's ACC Tournament. Boston College (11-4-2/ 5-4-1 ACC) had already secured a spot in the conference tournament. Seeds, game match-ups and game times will be announced no later than 10 a.m. on Monday, October 31.