Maryland Shuts Out NC State On Senior Day
Nov. 4, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior midfielder Kelly Rozumalski made her final match as a Terp a memorable one as she scored the game-winning goal to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 win on "Senior Day" over NC State Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
"This win was for our seniors," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "They have meant so much to this team and program; and their legacy as leaders will live on for quite some time."
The Terps came out aggressive on offense and nearly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Senior midfielder Melissa Hornfeck sent a bending corner kick from the right corner to the near post. Redshirt junior Nataly Arias fought to the spot and got a piece of the ball, sending it into the right side of the Wolfpack goal. The celebration was short-lived however as the referee called an obstruction foul and waived off the goal.
Although the Terps didn't get the score that play set the tone for the match and Maryland would not be denied for long.
In the 25th minute, Rozumalski took a simple pass from freshman midfielder Caitlin McDowell and drilled a shot into the upper left 90 from 23 yards out to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. For Rozumalski it was goal number three on the season and ninth overall for her career. Sophomore defender Brittany Cummins also earned an assist on Rozumalski's game-winning score.
Maryland nearly got its insurance goal a minute later as junior forward Kimmy Bunting sent a cross from the right side to the front of the NC State goal. Arias got on the end of it with a solid header, but it skimmed over the crossbar by a couple of inches.
Arias figured into Maryland's next threatening play in the 37th minute. The Alexandria, Va., native laced a shot from 25 yards out to the upper left corner that was similar to Rozumalski's score, but this time the ball found the crossbar and bounced back into play. But the bounce was lucky for the Terps as it went right to sophomore midfielder Emily Maynard. The native of Munster, Ind., volleyed the ball out of the air with her right boot and got off a hard shot at the Wolfpack net, but Rachel Barnette made a diving save for NC State to keep the Wolfpack in the match.
They did not hang in the match for long however as Bunting scored her first goal of the season in the 43rd minute to put the game out of reach. Maynard picked up the assist on the play by sending a free kick from 35 yards away into the Wolfpack six-yard box, where Bunting was able to a piece of the ball with a glancing header. But it was enough to get past Barnette and send the Terps into halftime with a 2-0 advantage.
The second half saw the Terps use a stingy defense to hold off the Wolfpack and limit them to just two shots on goal in the final 45 minutes.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Casey earned her first career shutout with three saves. NC State sophomore Sydney Little relieved Barnette in the second half and made five stops.
The victory gives the Terps a final record of 6-9-3 overall, 1-8-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack finishes its season with a 6-10-3 record, 0-9-1 in the conference.