Sept. 5, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior forward Kaila Sciascia scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the University of Maryland women's soccer team a 1-1 tie with American Friday evening at Ludwig Field.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute when forward Kelsey Brasher tallied her fourth goal of the season on a 30-yard blast from the left side of the pitch.
American continued to hold onto its slim lead through the remainder of the first half, but the Maryland pressure finally broke through the Eagle defense early in the final 45 minutes.
Sciascia finished the lone Terrapin goal on a spectacular one-touch effort in the 55th minute. Freshman Ashley Grove made a run and was able to beat her defender to the ball and get off a cross to the far post where Sciascia got her left foot on it and touch it into the goal.
The match remained scoreless for the remainder of the half, but the Terps continued to pressure the Eagle defense. Senior defender Aimee Bresani came within inches of putting Maryland ahead but her bender from the right side to the far left post just went over the crossbar.
Sciascia looked to have another highlight-reel goal in the 60th minute when she got a foot on a cross from sophomore Caitlin McDowell, but Eagles goalkeeper Kelsey Wiggins was able to leap and punch the ball over the crossbar to preserve the 1-1 tie.
The best scoring chance of either overtime came in the 102nd minute. Freshman Lydia Hastings played a give-and-go with Sciascia and ended up getting off a well struck ball that Wiggins was able to get a hand on and tip it off of and over the crossbar.
For the match, Wiggins finished with seven saves, while Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun was only forced to make one stop.
Maryland (1-2-1) returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 7 with a 1 p.m. match against the Temple Owls at Ludwig Field.