Women's Soccer Season Ended By Top-Seeded Clemson, 2-0, In ACC Quarterfinals

Nov. 2, 2000

Box Score

DURHAM, N.C. - The Maryland women's soccer team saw its 2000 season come to an end as No. 1 seed Clemson topped the Terps, 2-0, in the ACC Quarterfinals at Koskinen Stadium on Thursday night. Clemson forward Deliah Arrington scored both of the Tigers' goals.

The Terps finished the season with an 8-11-0 record, while the No. 4-ranked Tigers (17-1-1) advanced to the ACC semifinals to face No. 5 seed Duke, which downed No. 4 seed Virginia in penalty kicks, 4-3, after a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime.

Maryland and Clemson played a scoreless first half. The Terps' senior keeper Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came up big as she stopped a penalty kick by Clemson's Heather Beam at the 28:38 mark.

The Tigers came out strong the second half as Arrington went to work. She notched her first of two goals at the 49:24 mark. Arrington regained control of her own rebound after Serrins had stopped her initial shot and poked it past the keeper for the 1-0 lead.

Arrington struck again on a fast break at the 72:53 mark. Julie Augustyniak fed Arrington from midfield and the forward dashed in for the goal which beat Serrins to the right side.

Clemson outshot Maryland 17-2 and took 13 corner kicks to the Terps' two. Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski gave the Tigers credit, but was proud of her team's effort.

"We battled all night long and gave everything we had," said Higgins-Cirovski. "Clemson is a final four team and a possible national championship team. We didn't get the shots off that we wanted to, but we played a lot better than the last Clemson game (a 1-0 loss on Oct. 13). We showed a lot of heart and played like a team doing everything we could to come from behind."

Serrins made four saves in her final collegiate game. Fellow seniors Terri Greer (Woodbridge, Va.), Vita McKenna (Burlington, Ontario) and Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.) all started and battled hard in their final college game.

The game started at 9:46 p.m., nearly two hours after the originally scheduled starting time of 8 p.m., because of two ACC quarterfinal matches that went to penalty kicks. No. 7 seed Florida State beat No. 2 seed Wake Forest (5-4 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie) and No. 5 Duke defeated No. 4 seed Virginia (4-3 in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie). No. 3 seed North Carolina defeated No. 6 seed NC State, 5-1 in the first game of the quarterfinals. Maryland's match with Clemson ended at 11:40 p.m. with just 55 fans in the Koskinen Stadium stands.

Maryland (8-11-0)	0	0	--	0
No. 4 Clemson (17-1-1)	0	2	--	2
Goals: Maryland - none. Clemson - Deliah Arrington (unassisted) 49:24, Arrington (Julie Augustyniak) 72:53.

Goalies: Maryland - Riki-Ann Serrins (90 minutes, 4 saves, 2 GA). Clemson - Katie Carson (90 minutes, 1 save, 0 GA).

Team Stats: Maryland - Shots 1-1=2, Corner Kicks 1-1=2, Saves 2-2=4, Fouls 4-4=8, Offsides 0-0=0. Clemson - Shots 9-8=17, Corner Kicks 7-6=13, Saves 0-1=1, Fouls 4-4=8, Offsides 1-0=1.

Yellow Cards: Maryland - Julie Nelson at 69:34. Clemson - none.