Ayinde's Penalty Kick Sinks Pirates
Sept. 8, 2010
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Junior Sade Ayinde scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute to push the No. 8/8 University of Maryland women's soccer team's season-opening win streak to six with a 3-2 road victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night at Carroll Field.
"This was a character win," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We're ahead 2-0 and running away with this game, and then all of the sudden we're fighting for our lives after they get two against the run of play. But our kids responded very, very well. Jas [Spencer] did well to create the PK, and Sade showed terrific composure finishing the PK.
"We need to win games like this - on the road, where there's a crowd, and we have to fight thru some adversity. Tonight was good for our growth. Not a ton of fun, but good for our development."
The match was hotly-contested from the outset. The Terps nearly jumped out to an early lead in the ninth minute, but junior Amy O'Sullivan's shot hit off post keeping the match scoreless.
The Pirates had an offensive flurry near the 30-minute mark with two shots on goal, but redshirt junior keeper Yewande Balogun stopped both for the Terps, accounting for all of her saves in the game.
Maryland finally got on the board in the 36th minute when sophomore Olivia Wagner tallied her second goal of the season. Junior Sade Ayinde picked up her fifth assist of the year by sending a cross from the far right side to the back post where Wagner got on the end of it and put a clean header away into the upper left 90.
The Terps controlled the match coming out of halftime and increased their lead to 2-0 with junior Ashley Grove's goal in the 53rd minute. Senior Caitlin McDowell earned her fifth assist of the season by sending a great lead pass to a streaking Grove, who split the Pirate defense and beat Seton Hall keeper Jennifer Pettigrew with a shot to the top left corner.
Seton Hall's Kaitlyn Ritter scored to cut the Maryland lead back to a goal at 2-1 in the 57th minute.
The Pirates continued to claw their way back and knotted the score at two goals apiece in the 77th minute on a goal by Katie Andreski.
With all of the momentum on its side, Seton Hall made a critical error in the 81st minute. Ayinde fired a quick throw-in to junior Jasmyne Spencer, who snuck through the defense for a breakaway, but a Pirate defender took her down inside the box to draw a penalty kick.
Pensky selected Ayinde for the PK and she promptly buried the shot to seal the victory for the Terrapins.
Maryland returns home to face Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 12. The Terps and the Blue Hens will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.