Oct. 8, 2004
College Park, Md. -
Mallory Mahar scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over NC State Friday night at Ludwig Field.
With the win the Terps improve to 5-3-2 on the season, 2-3-1 in the ACC, and moves them into seventh place in the conference. NC State falls to 7-4-2 overall, 1-4-0 in the ACC.
Maryland dominated play throughout the match, out shooting the Wolfpack 20-5, including 14-2 in the second half. But less than two minutes into the game the Wolfpack converted on their only real scoring opportunity of the game as Allie Wilkerson scored the game's first goal off a deflected pass. A scramble in front of the Maryland net was enough to keep Terps goalkeeper Nikki Resnick away from the loose ball.
The Terps tied the match in the 21st minute when Mahar scored her sixth goal of the season by hitting a well-placed shot into the top left corner of the NC State net. That goal, the 15th of her career, moves Mahar to within one of cracking the all-time goals scoring list at Maryland. Freshman Nataly Arias picked up the assist, her third of the season.
Maryland would head into halftime with a 2-1 lead when junior Simone Dekker served the ball into the box, looking for freshman Stevie Dunning. The Wolfpack's Nicole Mayo beat Dunning to the ball and tried to head the ball back to her goalkeeper, Megan Connors, but the ball took a high bounce off the ground and past Connors for the Maryland goal.
The Terps had numerous scoring chances in the second half, but could not tack on an insurance goal. Mahar tried a little chip shot in the 53rd minute that beat Connors, but an unlucky bounce off the crossbar prevented the goal.
Maryland had another prime scoring opportunity in the 69th minute off a set play following a Wolfpack foul just outside the 18-yard box. Junior defender Danielle Malagari feathered a shot that had Connors fooled, but hit off the far right post. Junior Kimmy Francis was also a victim of the post on her shot in the 89th minute of play. Francis found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and drilled a shot that just hit off the right post.
The Terps finish up their three-game homestand at Ludwig Field on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. against Florida State. The Seminoles, ranked 17th in the latest NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll, are 9-3-0 on the season, 2-2-0 in the ACC after defeating Wake Forest 1-0 Friday night.