Sept. 12, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Sade Ayinde scored twice, including the game-winner to lead the No. 8/8 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over Delaware Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
The Terps improve to 7-0-0 on the season and the victory over the Blue Hens was their 18-straight over a non-conference opponent breaking the previous school record of 17 that was set in 1996. Maryland's non-conference winning streak dates back to a 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 21, 1998.
Maryland came out and controlled the action from the opening whistle, but an odd redirection by Stacie Dulkis inside the Maryland six sent the ball trickling over the Terps' goal line, giving Delaware a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute of play.
The Terps, who out-shot Delaware 24-8 in the match, knotted the score at 1-1 in the 44th minute on just as unlikely a score. A Blue Hen defender cleared the ball from the left side of her defensive zone, sending the ball toward the middle of the field. Maryland senior center back Colleen Deegan came up to intercept the ball to get it back into the Blue Hen defensive third. But Deegan's header, which was sent from 40-yards out, cleared the Delaware backline and the Blue Hens' goalie, Breanna Stemler, misjudged the bounce and the ball skipped over her head and into the goal.
After halftime the Terps took complete control of the game and took the lead in the 53rd minute on a successful penalty kick by Ayinde - her second in as many games. Junior Jasmyne Spencer doesn't get an official assist on the PK, but it was a terrific pass from her to Ayinde in the box that drew the foul on a Delaware defender.
Ayinde and Spencer were not through though. In the 60th minute Spencer sent a cross into the box from the right side where junior Amy O'Sullivan flicked it on toward the near post. The ball looked to be heading across the end line, but Ayinde made a spectacular sliding effort and punched the ball into the top of the goal past a helpless Stemler.
Maryland wasn't finished scoring, but the Terps' final goal, which came in the 70th minute, was a bit more conventional. Senior co-captain Caitlin McDowell sent a corner kick from the left side toward the far post. Junior Lydia Hastings moved it on to junior Mallory Baker, who redirected it back into the box where junior Ashley Grove finished it for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Maryland head coach Brian Pensky was pleased with what he saw out of his offense in the second half. "We are a very good attacking team and we showed that today," said Pensky. "We have a variety of ways in which we can attack and that's always a real plus.We now have to be ready for what will be a very hungry George Mason team."
The Terps close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Friday, Sept. 17 when they host George Mason at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
Maryland has now won 18 straight matches against non-ACC opponents dating back to 2008. That tops the previous school record of 17 that was set in 1996.
The Terps are now 5-0 all-time vs. Delaware.
Ashley Grove's goal gives her 40 points for her career, moving her into a tie for 13th place on the school's all-time points list with Jen Biscoe.
The goal is the 15th of Grove's career, which ties her with Sara Gustafson for 14th on the all-time list.
Sade Ayinde's assist gives her 15 for her career, tying her with Leslie Kerhin for ninth on the all-time list.