Terps Overcome Adversity, Top Rutgers 1-0 In Maryland/adidas Classic
Sept. 11, 2005
College Park, Md. - Head coach Brian Pensky did not know what to expect from his University of Maryland women's soccer team today at Ludwig Field. With all three goalkeepers unavailable to play and All-American Mallory Mahar out for the season, today's game vs. Rutgers was filled with variables.
Those questions were answered with a 1-0 win over Rutgers in the final game of the Maryland/adidas Classic and a gutsy performance in goal by freshman Kimmy Bunting, who made four saves en route to recording her first career shutout.
"I'm very proud of our team today," said Pensky. "They are showing tremendous resiliency right now. I've told them over the last three or four days that they deserve for things to go their way. Today we played well, created a lot of chances and things went our way."
Bunting's performance was even more amazing given the fact that she had played in each of the Terps' first five games as a forward and scored a goal in Maryland's 4-0 win over Rhode Island and missed her entire senior season in high school with a torn ACL.
"I didn't even blink and eye," said Pensky of having to play Bunting in goal, "because Kimmy is such a great athlete. She has such a good feel for the game as a field player and that worked to her advantage today as a goalkeeper."
The Terps gave Bunting an early 1-0 cushion in the seventh minute when senior co-captain Kimmy Francis sent a corner kick from the far left side of the field across to the right corner of the six-yard box where redshirt-sophomore Ashly Kennedy headed the ball into the Scarlet Knight goal. For Kennedy, the goal is just the second of her career.
"We've been talking a lot about serving the ball deep and giving ourselves a chance to score," said Pensky. "Kimmy [Francis] served a great ball and Ashly did well to get on the end of it and finish it."
That 1-0 lead would prove to hold up as Maryland proved that sometimes a good defense is a strong offense. The Terps continued to pressure Rutgers throughout the afternoon, outshooting the Scarlet Knights 23-8. The Maryland back line of Danielle Malagari, Lauren Krasko, Kennedy and Aimee Bresani played well enough so that Bunting was never really challenged.
The Terps continue their four-game home-stand on Friday, September 16, when they host No. 4 Penn State at Ludwig Field at 5:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara 2, Villanova 1: The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara won the Maryland/adidas Classic with a 2-1 win over Villanova Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. Tournament offensive MVP Allie Kueny scored the first UCSB goal in the 25th minute, while Jesse Steinberg added the game-winner in the 81st minute. Nikki Mabery scored for the Wildcats in the 90th minute, but the Gauchos were able to run out the clock and secure the victory and the tournament title. UCSB goalkeeper Jamie Considine was named the tournament's defensive MVP after totaling six saves and posting a shutout vs. Rutgers on Thursday night.
2005 Maryland/adidas Classic Final Standings
2005 Maryland/adidas Classic All Tournament Team