No. 9 Terps Host Brown On Friday
Sept. 17, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapin women's soccer team (7-0-0) looks to close out an undefeated non-conference schedule Friday when it hosts Brown (0-3-0). Opening kick for the Terps and the Bears is slated for 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
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Maryland is also ranked in this week's NSCAA Top 25. The Terrapins check in at No. 20 with 151 points. Maryland is also fifth in the ultra-competitive Southeast Region, trailing five other ACC schools.
The Terps are one of just four programs in the nation that are undefeated with at least seven victories. Louisiana Tech is the lone 8-0-0 team in the nation, while Stanford and Portland are also 7-0-0.
Scouting The Terps
Maryland opened its 2009 season with a two-game road trip to New York for games at Army and Fordham. In the season opener at Army, the Terrapins dominated the Black Knights en route to a 3-0 shutout victory. After a scoreless first half, sophomore Ashley Grove got the Terps on the board with the team's first goal of the year off an assist by senior Megan Watson. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Jasmyne Spencer tallied her first collegiate goal. Senior goalkeeper Mary Casey started the play with a good punt, which was then flicked on by junior Caitlin McDowell. The third goal came was an unassisted blast by freshman Caitlin Mooney.
After the Army win, Maryland moved to the Bronx to challenge the Fordham Rams. This time the Terps got on the board midway through the first half when freshman Olivia Wagner played the ball through to Spencer, who beat her defender and finished from 20 yards out with a low shot. Fordham tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute, but it took Maryland less than 30 seconds to score the go-ahead goal. Once again it was Spencer scoring the goal, with the assist going to Grove, to give Maryland the 2-1 victory.
The Terps continued their winning ways in their home opener on Friday, August 28 against Seton Hall. Freshmen Olivia Wagner and Caitlin Mooney scored goals for Maryland, leading the Terrapins to a 2-0 victory over the Pirates. Wagner scored the first goal on a 25-yard blast that was too much for the Seton Hall keeper to handle in the 51st minute. Mooney added the insurance goal on a quick turn-and-shoot effort in the 81st minute.
The undefeated streak was in jeopardy for a half in the Terps' game against Loyola. The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but that didn't stand up for long. Sophomore Sade Ayinde, who was inserted into the line-up at the beginning of the second half, scored in the 51st minute to knot the score at 1-1. Less than a minute later freshman Danielle Hubka gave Maryland the lead with a 30-yard shot into the upper right 90. After the Greyhounds tied the match in the next minute, the Terps regained the lead in the 53rd minute on another Ayinde goal. Ayinde was on the giving end of Terps' fourth goal,playing a give-and-go with freshman Caitlin Mooney, who finished from 15 yards into the lower left corner. SophomoreAshley Grove finished off the scoring with a 40-yard rip from the far left side of the field, giving the Terps a 5-2 victory.
Maryland faced its toughest test so far on Sept. 4 in traditional powerhouse Santa Clara, but a goal by sophomore Ashley Grove propelled the Terps to a 1-0 victory. Senior keeper Mary Casey made five stops to earn her third shutout of the season.
The Terps were not sharp when they played at American on Sept. 9, but Maryland still found a way to win the game - a 1-0 decision. Jasmyne Spencer scored the lone goal of the game in the 49th minute with the assist going to Caitlin McDowell.
Maryland won its third-straight 1-0 decision on Sept. 11 when it defeated James Madison, an NCAA Sweet 16 team from 2008. For the fourth time this season the game was 0-0 at the half, but the Terps came out fast in the second half, putting pressure on the Dukes. Maryland had a goal taken off the board when the referee blew an early whistle in the 47th minute. The Terps were awarded a penalty shot on the play, but JMU goalkeeper Diane Wszalek came up with the stop to keep the game scoreless. That's how it would remain until the 60th minute when junior Molly Dreska put in her first career goal. Sophomore Ashley Grove made a hard run down the left side and crossed the ball back to the middle of the field to Dreska. Dreska then tried a fake to buy some space, but the JMU defender played her tightly. That didn't matter, because Dreska created a sliver of space and rifled a shot to the back post, past a diving Wszalek, to give the Terps the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Jasmyne Spencer continues to lead the team in points and goals with nine and four, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Grove is just one point and one goal behing. Junior Caitlin McDowell has picked up assists in two of the Terps last three games and is tied for the team lead with three with senior Megan Watson. Senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey has played every minute for Maryland so far in net and has a goals-against average of 0.43 with a save percentage of .842.
Scouting The Bears
The Bears opened the season with a 5-0 loss at home to then No. 16 Boston College. From there, Brown went our west and lost two one-goal games to Arizona and San Diego in the Arizona Classic.
Freshman forward Eliza Marshall has the only goal for the Bears, while senior defender Paige Reidy has the lone assist. Defensively, goalkeepers Brenna Hogue and Seffi Yellin have split time in net with each allowing four goals.
POWER in PINK: The October 18 game with NC State is the Terps' 2009 Power in Pink Game. The Under Armour® Power in Pink Games pay tribute to women everywhere who are fighting breast cancer. By raising awareness and contributing a percentage of Power in Pink jersey sales to breast cancer charities, Under Armour® and the teams they outfit hope to bring us all closer to an end to the disease.
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