Maryland Drops 5-0 Decision at No. 1 Notre Dame
Sept. 4, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. - The challenge in front of the University of Maryland women's soccer team was a daunting one, facing the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the 2004 NCAA Champions, at Alumni Field on the campus of Notre Dame.
That challenge got even bigger in the 11th minute when defender Ashly Kennedy received a controversial red card, which resulted in the Terps having to play a man down for the remainder of the game. The resulting free kick came just outside the Terp penalty box and Irish freshman Kerri Hanks fired a direct kick around the Maryland wall, but Nikki Resnick was there to make the diving save, the first of many for the junior who set her career high with 11 saves.
The man-up advantage reared its head a minute later when All-American Katie Thorlakson got free of the Terrapin defense and blazed a shot at the Terp net, but once again Resnick came up with the big save, but she was unable to control the ball and Hanks was there to put in the rebound for a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
Resnick rose to the occasion again in the 18th minute on another free kick for Notre Dame just outside the 18-yard box. Thorlakson took the kick and bended the ball over the Maryland wall toward the lower left corner of the net, but Resnick was there to make another diving stop.
In the 29th minute, just moments after the Irish took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Carrie Dew, Resnick denied Notre Dame again with a diving punch save off a drive by Brittany Bock.
Notre Dame continued to pressure the Maryland defense throughout the game, but the Terps played hard despite playing with just 10 players.
The Irish finished the first half with a 3-0 advantage and added another three goals in the second half for a 6-0 win.
The Terps return to College Park to host the Maryland/adidas Classic on Thursday, September 8 at Ludwig Field. Rutgers and UC Santa Barbara open the tournament at 5:00 p.m., while the Terps face Villanova at 7:30 p.m. in the night cap.