Terps Fall to Virginia Tech, 2-0, in Conference Season Opener
Sept. 3, 2004
The Maryland women's soccer team dropped its first game of the 2004 season tonight, as Virginia Tech's Ashley Stinson tallied goals at the 19:32 and 21:08 marks to put the Hokies up by a 2-0 margin midway through the first half. Maryland fell by that same 2-0 margin, as it was unable to overcome the early first-half deficit.
The Hokies seized momentum early in the first half, taking four shots before the Terps tallied their first. Kimmy Francis had the team's first opportunity at the 14:15 mark when she controlled a ball in the Virginia Tech box, turned and fired a left-footed shot at Hokie netminder, Mallory Soldner. Soldner made a diving save to her left - one of eight saves on the night - and turned Francis away.
The Terps continued to force the action and were presented another scoring opportunity when Francis connected with Mallory Mahar on a corner kick. Mahar headed the Francis pass hard to the near post, but again Soldner made the save to her left.
Minutes later, Stinson scored the first of her two goals on the night - the freshman tallied five in two games this week - when she was able to volley a ball over the top of Terp keeper Nikki Resnick.
Less than two minutes later, Stinson again found the back of the net, this time floating a ball over Resnick and into the bottom left corner of the Terp net. The goal put the Hokies up by a 2-0 margin, as Maryland gave up more than one goal in a contest for the first time in 13 games.
The Terps put the pressure back on the Hokie defense in the second half, holding a 12-7 advantage in shots in the second frame. But Virginia Tech's Mallory Soldner was up to the challenge, turning away five Maryland shots in the second half, including another sprawling save- this time on a Kelly Rozumalski blast from just inside the box.
The team also held an advantage in corner kicks in the second half, tallying five corners to the Hokies' 1, but were unable to beat Soldner, as the Hokies held on for a 2-0 win.
Maryland will look to rebound next weekend when it travels to Charlottesville, Va. for the Virginia Soccer Classic. The team will first play South Carolina on Friday at 4:30 p.m., then No. 9 UCLA (according to NSCAA/adidas rankings) at noon on Sunday (9/12).