Women's Soccer Marches Into ACC Semifinals With 2-1 Win Over Duke
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Senior midfielder Jackie Mynarski (Somers, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 23:48 left in regulation to lift the surging Maryland women's soccer team into the ACC Semifinals with a 2-1 win over No. 7 seed Duke on Thursday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The No. 2 Terps (10-8-1 overall) will face No. 3 seed Wake Forest (14-5) on Friday at 6 p.m. in the first semifinal. Wake Forest moved into the semis with a 4-0 win over No. 6 NC State.
Mynarski nailed home the game-winner on assists from senior Lindsay Basalyga (Cincinnati. Ohio) and freshman Dana Jarzyniecki (Rochester, N.Y.). "I just had to put it in," said the All-ACC Second Team selection. "I wanted to make a difference. This win was such a team effort."
The Terps jumped out to a 1-0 lead as sophomore forward Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) scored against Duke for the third this season at the 23:27mark. Gustafson grabbed a loose ball in the box which deflected off a Duke defender and smashed it home. Junior Terri Greer (Woodbridge, Va.) was credited with the assist as she passed the ball into the box. Gustafson's goal was the Terps' lone shot of the first half, as the Blue Devils outshot the Terps 7-1 in the half.
Duke tied the game seven minutes into the second half as Sherrill Kester scored from ten yards out. But Mynarski beat Duke goalie Isis Dallis for the fourth time in her career to give Maryland dramatic win.
Mynarski, Maryland's leading scorer, now has nine goals and 20 points this season. She has also moved into a tie for sixth on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 54 points and stands alone in fifth place in career goals with 22.
Maryland goalies Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.) and Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came up big combining for seven saves. Serrins made four in the second half to secure the win.
"I am so pleased with this performance," said Maryland head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We hope this victory solidifies us for an NCAA Tournament berth."
Duke outshot the Terps, 14-7 and took nine corner kicks to the Terps' one.
No. 7 Duke (12-9-0) 0 1 -- 1 No. 2 Maryland (10-8-1) 1 1 -- 2
Scoring: Duke - Sherrill Kester (unassisted) 52:34. Maryland - Sara Gustafson (Terri Greer) 23:27, Jackie Mynarski (Lindsay Basalyga, Dana Jarzyniecki) 76:12.
Goalies: Duke - Isis Dallis (90 minutes, 2 saves, 2 goals allowed). Maryland - Ali Wolff (45 minutes, 3 saves, 0 goals allowed), Riki-Ann Serrins (45 minutes, 4 saves, 1 goal allowed)
Team Stats: Duke - Shots 14, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 2, Fouls 9, Offsides 2. Maryland - Shots 7, Corner Kicks 1, Saves 7, Fouls 10, Offsides 2.