Terps Host Rams In Sunday Afternoon MatchKickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field
The Maryland Terrapin women's soccer team finishes its season-opening non-conference slate today vs. Fordham at Ludwig Field. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Did you know ... since 2005, Maryland is 4-0-2 in matches before opening conference play? The Terps outscored their opponents 17-3 in those six games.
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The Terrapins opened the 2012 season with a 3-0 shutout at Navy (recap | stats) that featured a one-hour 46-minute lightning delay. Becky Kaplan scored the first two goals of the season for Maryland, while Alex Reed tallied the insurance goal. Four freshmen - Aubre Baker,Riley Barger, Shannon Collins and Sarah Molina - recorded assists in their first collegiate games.
Maryland had a short turnaround for a match at Villanova that ended in a 0-0 tie (recap | stats). Shannon Zickler filled in for Rachelle Beanlands in net for the Terps and made four saves to record her first career shutout.
The Terps outshot the Buckeyes, 19-10, but Ohio State took advantage of a Maryland defensive lapse to pull out a 1-0 upset (recap | stats) in Columbus, Ohio.
Maryland fell behind George Mason 1-0, but scored the game's final three goals to earn a 3-1 win over the Patriots on Aug. 31 (recap | stats). Freshman Gabby Galanti scored two minutes into her Terrapin debut to tie the match. Senior Becky Kaplan scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute and freshman Ashley Spivey added the insurance goal in the 65th minute. Senior Domenica Hodak had two assists in the match, while Spivey, junior Hayley Brock and freshman Alexis Prior-Brown each had one helper.
Senior Olivia Wagner scored two goals, while freshman Ashley Spivey and junior Hayley Brock each chipped in a goal and an assist as Maryland thumped Towson, 5-0 (recap | stats), in the Terps' 2012 home opener. Senior Becky Kaplan scored the first goal of the game for Maryland, giving her her third game-winning goal of the season. Redshirt freshman Amanda Gerlitz and freshman Gabby Galanti each earned their first career assists in the victory.
Senior Becky Kaplan put the Terps ahead with her first goal of the game in the third minute, then scored the game-winner in the 89th minute to lead Maryland to a thrilling 2-1 road victory at Alabama (recap | stats) on Sept. 6. Junior Hayley Brock assisted on both of Kaplan's goals with senior Olivia Wagner also getting an assist on the game-winner.
Scouting The Rams
Fordham is 1-4-0 on the season and after dropping a 2-0 decision to St. John's Thursday night in the Bronx, N.Y.
The Rams opened the season with back-to-back losses at Michigan and Michigan State before returning home to top Manhattan, 1-0. Fordham then lost a 1-0 home decision to Marist last Sunday.
Maryland leads the all-time series vs. the Rams 2-0-0. The two teams first met in the 2002 season opener with the Terps coming out on top, 5-0. Maryland and Fordham then played in the second game of 2009 and the Terrapins won that one, 2-1, thanks to two goals by Jasymne Spencer. Current seniors Olivia Wagner and Becky Kaplan each saw action in the 2009 meeting.
Just six games into the 2012 season and the Terrapins have already played 14 true or redshirt freshmen. That might not seem too significant until noticing that Maryland's freshmen have played more than 38% of the team's on-field minutes. Freshmen have logged 2,382 of the team's 6,160 minutes (560 minutes played x 11 players).
Jonathan Morgan enters his first season at the helm of the Maryland women's soccer program after spending the previous five seasons on the Terrapin sideline as an assistant coach. He is 4-1-1 as the Terps' head coach.
Terps Toppling Top 10 Teams
Maryland has defeated a Top 10 ranked team 18 times in its history. The Terps' most memorable Top 10 victory, 2-1 at No. 2 North Carolina on Oct. 24, tied for he highest ranked opponent ever defeated by Maryland. The Terrapins defeated No. 2 Boston College on Oct. 7 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Those two victories mark the first time in program history that Maryland has defeated two Top 10 teams in a single month. The Terps then added to that with another 2-1 win over No. 8 Florida State on Oct. 28. The latest Top 10 win for the Terps came on Oct. 27 at Ludwig Field when Maryland defeated No. 8 North Carolina for the first time ever at Ludwig Field. Here's a list of all of the Terps' Top 10 wins:
Oct. 27, 2011
#8 North Carolina
Oct. 28, 2010
#8 Florida State
Oct. 24, 2010
at #2 North Carolina
Oct. 7, 2010
at #2 Boston College
Oct. 8, 2009
#6 Virginia Tech
Aug. 25, 2006
at #10 Tennessee
Nov. 14, 2004
at #5 Penn State
Oct. 23, 2004
Sept. 12, 2004
vs. #3 UCLA
Oct. 13, 2001
Aug. 29, 2000
#4 Penn State
Oct. 17, 1999
Sept. 19, 1999
at #9 Duke
Sept. 18, 1998
Nov. 7, 1997
vs. #8 Duke
Oct. 12, 1997
Oct. 1, 1995
Oct. 8, 1993
#8 William & Mary
Non-Conference Success Dating back to its 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary's in 2008, Maryland has lost only twice in its last 38 matches vs. non-ACC opponents. The Terps have outscored its non-conference opposition 107-19 in those 38 matches.
The Terps recorded 20 straight wins over non-ACC foes before tying Georgetown, 1-1, in second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010. Maryland is now 32-2-4 in its last 38 non-conference games. The Terps had been unbeaten in 31-straight non-conference games prior to losing, 1-0, at Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA tournament. So far this season Maryland has defeated Navy, 3-0, tied Villanova, 0-0, dropped a 1-0 decision at Ohio State, topped George Mason, 3-1, thumped Towson, 5-0 and pulled out a late 2-1 win at Alabama.
116 And Counting At Ludwig Field The Terps won their 100th match at Ludwig Field with a 6-0 victory over Iona on Aug. 20, 2010. Since its opening in 1995, Ludwig Field has proved to be a tremendous home-field advantage for the Terps women's soccer team. All-time Maryland is 116-47-21 (.688) at Ludwig Field.
Through the seasons, the Terps have had a knack for shutting teams out at Ludwig Field. Maryland has won 75 of its 116 victories (64.7%) at Ludwig Field via shutout. Add in the 12 0-0 ties the Terps have had at Ludwig Field and it totals 87 times that Maryland has shutout its opponent in 184 games (47.2%).
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