Sept. 12, 2006
College Park, Md. - A shot in the 80th minute by Loyola's Christina Gomez deflected off of Carolyn Kennington and trickled into the Terrapin goal, giving the Greyhounds a 1-0 victory Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps came out at the opening whistle and dominated the field, but Loyola withstood the attack and regained its composure. Maryland had an early scoring opportunity in the fifth minute of play off of a corner kick. Melissa Hornfeck sent the corner kick into the box where Ashly Kennedy headed the ball toward the Greyhound net, but freshman goalie Brittany Henderson was there to make the save.
Maryland's next real chance to score came in the 23rd minute when Amanda Paizs sent a terrific cross-field pass to an open Kelly Rozumalski, who laced a shot at the Loyola goal, but once again Henderson was in the right spot to make the stop.
The Greyhounds seemed to turn the tide around the 30-minute mark and started attacking the Maryland goal. The Terps took the game's first five shots, but ended up with only a one-shot advantage heading into half time.
At the start of the second half, Loyola proved to be the aggressors, taking four shots in the first seven minutes of the period, but All-ACC goalkeeper Nikki Resnick made two crucial stops to keep the game a scoreless tie.
Kennington, who finished the game with a game-high seven shots, nearly gave Loyola the lead in the 69th minute on a 30-yard blast, but Resnick was able to leap up and punch the ball over the goal. The ensuing corner kick proved Resnick's value even more as the Greyhounds were able to get two shots off in the scramble following the kick, but Resnick made two brilliant stops, enabling her defense to clear the ball away from the goal.
Resnick finished the game with 10 saves, her second straight double-digit save effort, but she fell victim to fate in the 80th minute. Gomez took a seemingly routine shot at the Maryland net, but the ball deflected off of Kennington. Resnick, who was in position to make the save on the initial shot, was helpless to watch as the ball dribbled across the crease and into the net for the game-winning goal.
Maryland concludes its two-game home stand on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. match against Stony Brook at Ludwig Field. That game will be the 400th women's soccer game played at Maryland in the program's 20-year history.