Spencer Leads Terps Over Tigers, 4-0
Oct. 14, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jasmyne Spencer set a career high with five points on two goals and an assist to lead the No. 4/6 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Clemson Thursday night at Ludwig Field.
With the victory, the Terps tied the all-time conference win total with four ACC games remaining. Maryland is now at 12-1-1 on the year and 4-1-1 in conference play. Clemson fell to 5-9-0 overall and 0-6-0 in the ACC.
For Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, the game went exactly as expected. "We played well tonight. Our soccer was good and we scored some quality goals. We've created a culture where winning is expected every time out. And tonight was simply about living up to that expectation."
The Terps dominated the play throughout the match and took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when senior Molly Dreska, off of a nice feed from senior Caitlin McDowell, laced a shot from just outside the 18 yard box. Clemson goalkeeper Lauren Arnold tried to make the save and got her hands on the ball, but the shot was too strong and ended up inside the left post.
Spencer took over from there, contributing on each of Maryland's final three goals.
Her first came in the 15th minute, finishing a shot into the left side of the Tiger net. Junior Domenica Hodak earned her first assist of the year be feeding the ball into Spencer.
Maryland took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but it didn't take long for the Terps to tack on another goal. This time it was Spencer picking up the assist on a highlight-reel goal by McDowell in the 58th minute. Junior Skyy Anderson sent the ball into the box where Spencer redirected it to the left side for McDowell, who banged a shot off of the inside of the left post and inside the upper right 90.
Spencer finished the scoring in the 81st minute with her second goal of the night. McDowell, who tied her career-high with four points in the game, played the ball into Spencer inside the Tiger 18. Spencer noticed some open space to the left of the goal and chested the pass toward the open area. She then got off a good shot that Arnold got a piece of, but once again the ball went through her hands and into the goal.
The Terrapin defense, anchored by Hodak and the backline of Anderson, McDowell, junior Mallory Baker and senior Colleen Deegan was tremendous and allowed only two meek shots that were easy saves for Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun, who earned her seventh career shutout.
Offensively, Maryland out-shot Clemson, 20-2, and held a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks. Spencer led the way with five shots with Dreska following closely with four.
Maryland is off until next Thursday, Oct. 21, when the Terps head to Winston Salem, N.C., to take on Wake Forest.