Sept. 15, 2006
College Park, Md. - Freshman midfielder Maureen Dowling scored her first collegiate goal with one second remaining in the first half to propel the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook Friday night at Ludwig Field.
"I'm very proud of our team tonight," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Our confidence was a bit shaken after dropping two 1-0 decisions over the past week and a half, but we bounced back. Our energy was great, our team defense was great and we scored two really nice goals."
The Terps controlled the game from the opening whistle, but could not get the ball into the Seawolf net until the final seconds of the first half. It appeared as if the teams would head into halftime with a 0-0 tie, but a foul by a Stony Brook player gave Maryland a free kick from near midfield with about 15 seconds left in the period. Junior defender Ashly Kennedy sent a long free kick to the left side of the Stony Brook defensive third, where it bounced off of a Stony Brook defender before Dowling ran onto the ball and fired a shot that sailed over Seawolf goalkeeper Marissa Viola and into the top right corner of the net.
"I'm very happy for Mo [Maureen]," said Pensky following the game. "She's really come on in the last two weeks and has been contributing. She was a very dangerous wide player tonight. She served some great balls in the game and scored a very timely goal right before the half. Our team deserved a goal before the half and that was a nice way to head into the locker room."
The Terps continued to be the aggressors and nearly tacked on an insurance goal in the 52nd minute. Dowling served in a cross to junior Melissa Hornfeck, who settled the ball 12 yards out in front of the goal and fired a low shot, but Viola was there to make one of her 10 saves on the evening.
That insurance goal would come six minutes later when another Terp scored her first collegiate goal. Sophomore midfielder Kaila Sciascia headed in a cross from the right side by freshman Molly Dreska to boost Maryland's advantage to 2-0. Senior Sarah Sample set up Dreska for the cross with a terrific pass and also earned an assist on the score.
"Kaila was finally rewarded for all of her good work," said Pensky. "She's been waiting a year and a half to breakthrough on the scoreboard. It was a quality finish off of a great serve from Molly."
Defensively, Maryland goalkeeper Nikki Resnick finished the game with five saves to earn her 14th shutout as a Terp, moving her past Riki-Ann Serrins for second place on the career shutout's list.
Maryland concludes its non-conference schedule on Sunday when it travels to Fairfax, Va., for a match with the George Mason Patriots. That game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start at George Mason Stadium.
"Tonight was a great win to start the weekend," said Pensky. "Now we have a tough change ahead of us in a very talented George Mason team."