Women's Soccer Stuns No. 2 Seed Penn State 1-0 To Advance To The Sweet Sixteen
Nov. 14, 2004
State College, Pa. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team pull off arguably the biggest win in program history Sunday afternoon, beating No. 2 seed Penn State 1-0 at Jeffrey Field in State College.
Junior Mallory Mahar, a first team All-ACC selection, scored the game's lone goal in the 33rd minute off a header that trickled into the right lower 90 of the Penn State goal. Junior Danielle Malagari, who started the play on a free kick following a Nittany Lion foul, forwarded the ball to junior Kimmy Francis in the far right corner of the Penn State defensive zone. Francis crossed the ball to about the six yard line where Mahar dove to get a piece of the ball, redirecting it for the goal.
With the one goal lead the Terps turned up the defensive intensity challenging every Penn State possession. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Resnick stopped nine shots for Maryland on the afternoon, including two amazing stops in one-on-one situations with Penn State's All-American forward Tiffany Weimer.
The Nittany Lions had their best chance of the second half in the 67th minute when PSU defender Denay Riley gathers a losse ball inside the Terrapin 18-yard box and fired a shot into an open Terrapin net, but Malagari recovered to deflect the ball, which then hit off the far right post before being cleared out of the Maryland zone.
The win sends the Terps into the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen, where they will face the winner of the Auburn-Washington game. The time and location were not yet available.
Maryland's 1-0 win is also the first-ever loss at Jeffrey Field for Penn State head coach Paula Wilkins, and snapped PSU's 39-game winning streak on the Nittany Lions' home field.