Aug. 27, 2004
TOWSON, Md. - Mallory Mahar scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of the first overtime period at Towson Center Field Friday, lifting the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a season-opening victory over the host Tigers, 1-0. In the first game of the season for both teams, Maryland improved its record to 1-0, while Towson fell to 0-1. The golden goal for Maryland began with Simone Dekker gathering the ball in the midfield and finding freshman Nataly Arias on the right side. Mahar one-touched the Arias cross and found the left side of the net past Towson goalkeeper Brandi Daniels. "I was pleased with the effort put forward at the end of the game today and with the result," Terp head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski said. "The effort from Mallory to get to the back post was huge and Nataly's cross was right on the money." For Mahar, it was her first goal of the young season and the 10th of her career (fourth game-winner). Arias, making her debut for the Terps, tallied her first career assist. The two teams played to a scoreless tie after 90 minutes of physical soccer. Towson jumped on the offensive early, as Emma Noonan had a shot hit the crossbar in the second minute of the game. After that early Tiger opportunity, however, Maryland dominated possession of the ball and outshot Towson in the first half, 16-3. The best scoring chance for Maryland in the first half was with six minutes left to play as Kimmy Francis took a corner kick from the left side. When her service was punched away by the keeper Daniels, Terp defender Danielle Malagari served the ball back into the box and a Mahar header went just wide. In the second half, Towson had scoring chances but Terrapin goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, making her first start in a Terrapin uniform, made several crucial saves to keep the score tied after regulation. Included in her strong effort was a save of a close-range shot by Meaghan Brooks with less than three minutes left in the game. Resnick ended the day with five saves. Daniels also had a strong showing in goal for Towson with nine saves. The Terrapins outshot Towson, 30-10, and they increase their all-time record against the Tigers to 5-0-0. Maryland women's soccer is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 29, when it takes on William & Mary at the Germantown SoccerPlex. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.