Women's Soccer Battles William & Mary to 1-1 Tie in Home Opener
Aug. 30, 2004
The Maryland women's soccer team, coming off a 1-0 overtime victory at Towson on Friday, again went into overtime on Sunday as it played William & Mary to a 1-1 tie. Junior Mallory Mahar (Medina, Ohio) tied the game in the 20th minute with her second goal of the season - a header off a Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) corner kick - with neither team being able to convert over the rest of regulation play and two overtime periods.
William & Mary got scoring started in the 15th minute when Katie Hogwood fired a shot off the crossbar, which teammate Taline Tahmassian rebounded and buried into the Terps' empty net. Maryland goalkeeper Nikki Resnick (Port Orange, Fla.) came out of her box to head out a William & Mary chip over the Terp defense and went down on a collision with a Tribe forward, opening up the net for Tahmassian's goal. Resnick finished the game with three saves and allowed just that Tahmassian goal over her 110 minutes in net.
Less than six minutes later, Mahar pulled the Terps into a 1-1 deadlock when she headed in her second goal of the season with 25:01 remaining in the first half. The junior midfielder scored three goals (all on headers) in the Terps' two pre-season games and scored the game-winner in the Terps' win at Towson on Friday.
Maryland had three scoring chances in the second half, but was unable to convert. In the 50th minute of the game, Mahar re-directed a Danielle Malagari (Clarksburg, Md.) pass just wide of the goal. Less than five minutes later, the Terps again were on the Tribe doorstep when freshman Kelly Rozumalski (Middleburgh, N.Y.) fired a shot off the crossbar, and Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) followed with a shot that went over the Tribe's net.
The two overtime periods featured a combined four shots, as both squads struggled to break through the other's defense. The Terps took three of those shots (all in the first overtime) and finished the game with a 16-8 advantage in shots and a 13-5 edge in corner kicks.
Head Coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski was encouraged by the team's effort, saying, "I thought we played well. We put more opportunities on goal tonight, and I think we're seeing glimpses of the team we can be."
The team returns to action at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night with a home bout against ACC newcomer Virginia Tech - a 9-9-0 team a year ago.