Sept. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For 80 minutes it looked as if the University of Maryland women's soccer team was going to pull off another neutral-site upset of a top-15 team, but No. 13 USC emerged from the first game of the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind., with a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Terps' plan of solid defense coupled with an opportunistic offense worked to perfection early on and saw Maryland jump out to a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. Redshirt junior Nataly Arias scored her first goal since September 30, 2005, when she finished a point-blank shot that carried past Trojan goalkeeper Brittany Massaro. The ball was served in by sophomore Brittany Cummins who picked up her second career assist on the play.
Maryland maintained its 1-0 lead for 50 minutes, but a relentless USC offense finally broke through in the 80th minute. Lauren Brown capitalized on a Maryland defensive miscue to score her second goal of the season and knot the game at 1-1.
The game headed into overtime and the Women of Troy needed only one shot to finish the game and take away the 2-1 victory. USC's Alyssa Davis collected a loose ball in the Maryland defensive third and finished it inside the far post for the game-winning goal.
"It is a disappointing final score," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, "but our players battled so hard, and we as coaches are extremely proud of that. Our challenge now is simple, regroup and prepare for Loyola Marymount on Sunday, and we know our players will do just that."
Maryland finishes up its trip to the Hoosier Classic with an 11 a.m. game vs. the LMU Lions, which was a 2--6 NCAA Tournament team, on Sunday.