Sept. 29, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - Senior All-American Jasmyne Spencer returned to the starting lineup and scored the game-winning goal for the No. 11 University of Maryland women's soccer team in its 2-1 victory at Clemson Thursday night at Riggs Field.
The Terps (8-2-3/2-2-1 ACC), who have had trouble starting quickly in recent matches, didn't waste any time getting things going vs. the Tigers (5-6-0/0-4-0 ACC).
Spencer set the tone early with a quick shot in the first minute of the game, but it was junior Danielle Hubka getting Maryland on the board in the second minute, connecting on a shot from 25-yards out. Sophomore Hayley Brock picked up her fourth assist of the season on the goal.
Spencer, who made her return in Sunday's game vs. NC State after missing the previous three games due to a rib injury suffered in the closing minute of the 0-0 tie at James Madison, scored her first goal of conference play in the 22nd minute. The Tiger defense misplayed a ball inside the 18-yard box and Spencer easily finished into the open goal as the Clemson keeper was out of the goal to help try to clear the ball.
The Tigers trimmed the Terrapin lead back to one in the 34th minute when Liska Dobberstein got on the end of a cross by Rachel Hurd and finished the ball past Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun from in close.
The second half saw both teams have opportunities to score, but neither could get the ball into the goal.
Spencer now has 10 game-winning goals for her career, which ties her for third all-time with Emmy Harbo, who also had 10 game-winners from 1995-98.
Balogun finished the match with six saves to earn her 32nd career victory.
"This was a good win tonight," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Clemson made it difficult on us, but our kids persevered. This has been a tough stretch, and our team's confidence had taken a bit of a hit, so it's nice to get this win as we head into the break."
The Terps, who have played six matches in the past 18 days, will now have eight days off before hosting No. 6 Wake Forest on Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.