Sept. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - From a relentless offense to a stifling defense, the University of Maryland women's soccer team as a whole turned in a dominating performance in its 3-0 victory over Loyola Marymount at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind., Sunday afternoon.
"This is a great win," said Terrapin head coach Brian Pensky. "We knew that both teams were going to be desperate today; and that was a good LMU team - our kids just played well, simple as that. Today was our most complete performance of the season."
The game was scoreless for the first half of play, but the Terps (2-1-1) showed the makings of a team to be reckoned with by outpacing the Lions (0-3-1) in possession, shots and corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
The scoring troubles that have haunted Maryland during the past two seasons were not a problem against LMU as the offense broke through with three unanswered goals in the second half.
Freshman forward Kylie Ricker, who earned her first collegiate start in the match, opened the scoring for Maryland in the 57th minute by heading in a corner kick that was sent into the box by fellow freshman Caitlin McDowell. For Ricker, the score marked her first collegiate goal, while McDowell picked up her second assists on the season.
The Terps picked up an insurance goal less than two minutes later when a foul by a Lion player gave Maryland a free kick from about 40 yards out. Normally that would be an ideal spot to serve the ball in for an attacking player, but co-captain Ashly Kennedy had other ideas. The senior defender took the free kick and laced it into the left side of the Lions' net past goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek.
Aimee Bresani scored the third goal of the game for the Terps in the 81st minute on a brilliant individual effort. The junior, who has been moved from defense where she played her first two collegiate seasons to forward, dribbled past a LMU defender and beat back-up keeper Eugenia Miranda with a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
Overall, Maryland outshot Loyola Marymount 19-4 and took nine corner kicks to the Lions' one. Ricker led the way with three shots for the Terrapins, with 13 Terps registering shots.
Freshman goalkeeper Yewande Balogun picked up the victory and her second career shutout for the Terps, but did not have to register a save in the match.
Maryland returns to College Park to begin a three-game home-stand on Friday, September 14, against Dartmouth. The Terps and the Big Green will kick things off at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.