Sample's OT Goal Sends Terps Past NC State 2-1
Oct. 13, 2005
College Park, Md. - Sarah Sample's first goal as a Maryland Terrapin gave the Terps' women's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over NC State Thursday night at Ludwig Field.
"Our defensive pressure in the first half was very good," said Terrapin head coach Brian Pensky. "Our possession, when we won it, was some of our best all year. We showed great resiliency in overtime by finding a way to finish off a win that this team, and this program, needed very much."
Maryland, which dominated the game and out shot the Wolfpack 30-13, took an early 1-0 lead on Kimmy Francis' team-leading third goal of the season in the ninth minute of play. An NC State defender was whistled for a foul just outside the Wolfpack 18-yard box, giving Francis a free kick from 24 yards. The senior from Richboro, Pa., sent a low line drive, through a pack of NC State and Maryland players and past Wolfpack goalkeeper Kim Selz, into the lower left corner of the net.
The Terps continued to pressure the Wolfpack defense, but were unable to score another goal in regulation on Selz, who finished the game with 12 saves.
NC State, which didn't have many quality offensive opportunities, tied the game in the 78th minute when Carol Tognetti found the ball at her feet after a scramble in front of the Maryland goal. Tognetti fired a shot that bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the Terrapin net for her fifth goal of the season.
Neither team was able to score again in regulation, setting the scene for Sample's heroics.
Just three minutes into the first overtime, freshman Kaila Sciascia, who was making her first start in the midfield this season, sent a cross from the far left corner of the Wolfpack defensive third to the far right post of the NC State net where Sample finished it with her right foot to end the game.
Francis' goal, the 22nd of her career, brings her career point total to 66, which ties her for third all-time at Maryland with Robin McCullough. The goal also gave Francis sole possession of sixth place in career goals scored. She also fired a career-high 11 shots, which raises her career total to 218, which places her second on that all-time list.
Defensively for the Terrapins, junior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, who leads the ACC in saves per game with 6.0, made seven stops. Maryland played the entire game with three freshman in the denfensive backfield - Aimee Bresani, Kimmy Bunting and Amanda Paizs.
The victory raises Maryland's overall record to 4-8-2 (2-3-1 in the ACC). The Terps continue their stretch-run in the ACC on Sunday in Durham, N.C., with a 2:00 p.m. game at No. 6 Duke.