Sept. 20, 2003
GERMANTOWN, Md. - Maryland captured the 2003 Maryland/adidas Classic with a 3-1 victory No. 23 Tennessee (ranked No. 11 by Soccer America) at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
Sophomore Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) was named the tournament Offensive MVP as she scored the game-winnig goal to put the Terps ahead 2-1 in the 31st minute with a blast from the top of the box. Tennessee's Keeley Dowling was the Defensive MVP.
The Terps (5-2-1) controlled the game in all facets outshooting the Lady Vols (6-2), 15-8.
"I was very happy with how many players contributed to this victory," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "It was a total team effort and I pleased with how we finished our chances and really playd solid defense."
Maryland jumped out a quick 1-0 lead as sophomore Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) banged in a rebound from two yards out just 2:13 into the match. Dekker converted a shot taken Katie Ludwig (Mount Laurel, N.J.) from the far right wing that was punched out by Tennessee keeper Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart. Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville,Md.) had taken the first shot in the series from the top of the box that the keeper saved to start the flurry.
Tennessee tied the game as Kristen Doukakis scored in the 29th minute. She knocked in the goal from about 10 yards out as she took a pass from Lyndsey Patterson and beat Maryland keeper Kristen Barnhill (Charlottesville, Va.), who committed as the ball was shot into the low right corner.
The Terps regained the lead 31st minute as Francis blasted home a shot from the top of the box to put the Terps up 2-1. Francis took pass from Andrzejewski, who had taken a pass from defender Lindsay Niehaus (Cincinnati, Ohio), who brought the pass up field.
Barnhill made a key save ?ľQUOTE] her first of the game -- with 20 minutes left in regulation as she came out to play Doukakis, who was in all alone and the keeper stoned her to keep the score at 2-1. She finished with three saves.
The Terps built the lead to an insurmountable, 3-1 margin with 4:29 left in regulation as senior Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) went top shelf from the close right corner off a pass from fellow senior Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.).
Joining Francis on the All-Tournament team were fellow Terps Andrzejewski -- who celebrated her 20th birthday on Saturday, Barnhill and Biscoe. From Tennessee, Dowling was joined by Marie-Eve Nauly and Lyndsey Patterson. William & Mary, who beat Loyola, 2-1, in earlier action, was represented by Anna Young and Donna Mataya. Loyola was represented by Rebecca Brady and Courtney Arikian.
The tournament championship, marked the first time since 1997, the Terps won a home tournament.
Maryland returns to action on Friday, Sept. 26, as they travel to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles to open ACC action. The game will be broadcast live on SUNSHINE Network which is available in DirecTV Channel 632.