Terps Tie Towson, 0-0, In Season Opener
Aug. 26, 2005
College Park, Md. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team opened its 2005 season with a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Towson Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps dominated play, outshooting the Tigers 26-2 in 110 minutes of play, but could not get a shot past Towson goalkeeper Brandi Daniels, who stopped 13 Terrapin shots.
"My hat is off to Leslie Wray and Towson," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, who was coaching his first game as a collegiate head coach. "They defended well and found a way to get a tie.
"I thought our effort at times was very good. I'm disappointed for our players that we didn't find a way to get a goal and come out of this one with a victory. Now we have to learn from this and move on. We have an important game vs. Rhode Island on Sunday."
Towson packed its defensive zone and limited the number of quality scoring chances for the Terps. Maryland's best chance in the opening half came at the 15:48 mark when senior midfielder Kimmy Francis found All-American Mallory Mahar on the end of a corner kick. Mahar's header seemed to be heading into the top corner of the Towson net, but Daniels made a spectacular diving stop to preserve the 0-0 score.
After giving up 12 shots and seven corner kicks in the first half, the Tigers settled even more into a defensive scheme. Towson allowed only seven shots in the second half, with only two of those on goal.
Maryland's best scoring chance of the game came in the 94th minute when freshman forward Kimmy Bunting came away with a loose ball and had Daniels one-on-one inside the penalty box, but once again Daniels was able to rise to the occasion and made the game-saving stop.
Bunting found herself challenging the Tiger goal in the second overtime period in the 104th minute when sophomore Ashly Kennedy, who returned to action after missing the entire 2004 season with a knee injury, crossed the ball from deep in the left corner of the Towson backfield. Bunting was able to get a good header on the ball, but it sailed high over the Tiger net.
Junior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick was only challenged once in the game, having to make her only save of the game in the 13th minute.
Francis finished the game with six shots, moving her into sole possession of third place on the school's all-time shots list. She now has 178 for her career.
Maryland returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. vs. Rhode Island at Ludwig Field for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Rams opened their season tonight as well, dropping a 7-0 decision at No. 4 Virginia.