Aug. 31, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The match resembled a shooting gallery at times, but the result was a 0-0 tie for the University of Maryland's women's soccer team as it fired off 55 shots to set a new Ludwig Field record in its 2007 season opener against Eastern Kentucky at Ludwig Field on Friday night.
"I've never been a part of a game where one team takes 55 shots," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Our kids worked very hard tonight and they deserve better than a 0-0 result. But we're a resilient group and we will bounce back on Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson."
The Terps got off six shots in the first 11 minutes of the match, but it was midfielder Emily Maynard's 20-yard blast in the 16th minute that proved to be Maryland's first good scoring chance. The sophomore's shot from just outside the 18-yard box skimmed over the top of the crossbar by mere inches.
Redshirt junior Nataly Arias had the Terps' next great chance in the 36th minute when she drove a header off a cross from sophomore Brittany Cummins toward the Colonel's net, but freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Lynch made one of her 19 saves to preserve the scoreless tie.
The closest Maryland came to scoring came just minutes after halftime when Arias sent a long pass over the top of the EKU defense to a streaking Kaila Sciascia. The junior forward used a burst of speed to separate from defenders and punched a shot past Lynch, but the ball sailed too far and hit the left post.
Maryland looked to have a chance to end the game in the 87th minute when Sciascia and Arias hooked up again for a scoring opportunity. This time it was Sciascia setting up Arias with a corner kick from the right corner to the far post where Arias got a head on the ball sending it at the Colonel net. But luck was not on the Terps' side again as the ball sailed wide of its target.
Arias, who was making her first appearance since 2005 after missing all of 2006 due to injury, almost won the game again in the 91st minute with a long shot from 20 yards, but it too just went over the crossbar.
Senior forward Kelly Rozumalski was stifled on her bid to end the game in the 95th minute by Lynch's 16th save of the game. Sciascia crossed a low ball from the left side to the middle of the field at the 12 yard mark where Rozumalski made a run to one-time the ball into the heart of the Colonel net, but Lynch was perfectly positioned for the stop.
Maryland's last great chance to finish the game came in the 110th minute of play on a corner kick from junior midfielder Aimee Bresani. Bresani sent the ball from the right corner to the middle of the six-yard box, where sophomore defender Mary Casey got a clean header on the ball, but could not get it down and it went over the top of the goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made her collegiate debut in the tie, finishing the match with three saves. Overall seven freshmen made their collegiate debuts for the Terps, including Mallory Baker who started on defense.
Lynch's 19 saves also set a new Ludwig Field record, besting the previous record of 14 set by former Terp Nikki Resnick on two occasions.
Maryland returns to action on Sunday, September 2, against Fairleigh Dickinson, at 7:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field.