No. 1 Terps Beat American, 3-0
Sept. 29, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. - The No. 1-ranked Maryland field hockey team won 3-0 on the road over the American Eagles Tuesday afternoon in the cross-town match. Senior Emma Thomas scored twice in the win to move the Terps to 11-0 on the year.
Maryland jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when junior Katie O'Donnell took control of the ball and drove down the sideline before taking it in to score just under two minutes into the game. The score stayed at 1-0 for most of the game as both teams fought hard defensively.
"We played a very strong defensive game," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I'm proud of the way we grew with a very strong and disciplined American team."
Just over 15 minutes left in the game, the Terps drew a penalty shot off of an American defensive play. Thomas took the penalty shot for the Terrapins and hit it into the right side of the goal for the score. With less than a minute left in the game, Thomas scored again off of a penalty corner setup from O'Donnell and senior Alexis Pappas to finalize the score at 3-0.
"Emma was a strong field general both statistically and emotionally for us," Meharg said.
Maryland outshot American 13-4, and held the Eagles to four penalty corners. The Terps had five penalty corner opportunities in the game. Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater notched a save on the day.
After defeating No. 3 Wake Forest 4-1 Saturday afternoon, the Terps kept their season-long control of the top spot in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll for this week. The Atlantic Coast Conference held onto the top four spots with North Carolina coming in at No. 2, Virginia at No. 3 and Wake Forest slipping to No. 4.
The Terrapins will host No. 3 Virginia Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Parking will be free after 2 p.m. in lot 4i, the lot directly adjacent to the Complex.