Women's Soccer loses 2-1 at No. 2 North Carolina
Sept. 24, 2004
Chapel Hill, N.C. - It was a game that would go down in the annals of Maryland women's soccer - almost.
A controversial foul inside the penalty box and a successful penalty kick gave No. 2 North Carolina a 2-1 over the Terps with less than three minutes remaining in the second overtime period.
Maryland shocked the 3,128 fans in attendance at Fetzer Field in the 17th minute of play when junior midfielder Mallory Mahar scored an opportunistic goal that came off a Tar Heel deflection. A Terrapin pass was blocked by a UNC defender, but found Mahar, who promptly beat Carolina's All-American goalkeeper Aly Winget for a 1-0 Maryland lead.
North Carolina went on a relentless offensive attack, but could not take advantage of numerous scoring opportunities until the 79th minute. UNC defender Jessica Maxwell hit forward Heather O'Reilly with a pass that O'Reilly chipped over Maryland goalkeeper Nikki Resnick to ties the match at 1-1.
The Terps valiantly fought in the two overtime sessions to press the Tar Heel defense, but fatigue took over and UNC out-shot Maryland 8-0 in the overtime periods (35-4 for the match). All eleven Terrapin starters played all 107 minutes, while Carolina was able to substitute and keep its players fresh for the home stretch.
The game-deciding penalty kick was called amidst a pile-up about a yard into the penalty area. All-American Kacey White took the free kick and placed it in the lower left corner of the goal for the game winner.
The loss drops Maryland's record to 3-3-1 on the season, 0-3-0 in the ACC. North Carolina, which extended it's unbeaten streak to 38 matches, improves to 8-0-1, 1-0-0 in the conference.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field against Loyola. UNC will host ACC newcomer Virginia Tech on Sunday, September 26.