Women's Soccer Blanks Clemson 1-0
Oct. 3, 2004
Clemson, S.C. - Kimmy Francis' goal in the 55th minute gave the University of Maryland's women's soccer team its first ACC win of the season, a 1-0 win at Clemson on Saturday night at Riggs Field.
"This was a total team effort tonight," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We had a good game plan and we really executed it well. I'm proud of the way we played against a good Clemson team. Hopefully we can take this and build some momentum through the rest of the season."
The first half saw the Terps and the Tigers trade possessions, but each team was only able to get one shot on goal. Maryland was able to pressure Clemson and force four corner kicks in the first half.
The second half saw the momentum swing to the Terps when freshman midfielder Stevie Dunning, who was making just her second career start, found Francis with a touch pass just outside the six-yard box. Francis then faked a hard shot and dinked the ball into the far right corner of the net for a 1-0 Terrapin lead.
Clemson turned up the pressure after giving up the goal and would outshoot Maryland 13-4 in the second half. But sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Resnick was up to the challenge, finishing the match with six saves.
Francis' goal moved her into a tie with Stephanie Magro for 10th spot on the all-time goal scoring list at Maryland with 16 goals. She also moved into eighth place on the career points list with 50.
The win was the Terrapins' fifth straight victory over Clemson, which was ranked as high as seventh in the NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll earlier in the season, and raised Maryland's season record to 4-3-1, 1-3-0 in the ACC. The one-goal margin is nothing new in the Maryland-Clemson series, as nine of the last 11 games between the two schools have been decided by one goal.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field against No. 4 Virginia. The match will be Maryland's first home contest since a 2-0 loss to Virginia Tech on September 2. The Terps have had home matches with No. 3 Washington and Loyola (Md.) cancelled earlier this season due to inclement weather.