No. 21 Terps Travel To No. 20 Wake Forest For ACC Clash
Sept. 19, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 21 Maryland women's soccer team heads to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 20 Wake Forest in an ACC battle this Friday night at Spry Stadium. The Terps (4-4-0) are aiming to get back on the winning track after dropping a pair of games to No. 6 Stanford and No. 19 Santa Clara at the Stanford Nike Invitational.
Game Facts and Coverage
Series History: Maryland leads 5-3-0. Last meeting: Nov. 5, 1999- Wake Forest 1, Maryland 0 at ACC Semifinals (Chapel Hill, N.C)
The Coaches: Maryland: Shannon Higgins-Cirovski (84-73-12/.532 overall/9th yr., 15-14-1/.517 at Maryland/2nd yr.) Wake Forest: Tony da Luz (91-65-7/.580 overall/9th yr., 45-23-4/.653 at Wake Forest/4th yr.)
Ludwig, Poulin Honored At Stanford
In her second college start, Ludwig scored two goals as the Terps dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 19 Santa Clara last Friday night. Both of Ludwig's goals evened the game, first at 1-1 and then again at 2-2. The goals were the first two of Ludwig's collegiate career.
Poulin started both games over the weekend and play solid on both ends of the field.
Nelson Featured On ACC Live
Senior forward Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.) was featured on ACC Live, this past Monday night. In the show's soccer spotlight, the ACC focused upon Nelson and her courageous battle with cancer. Nelson has also overcome other hardships, such as a broken back, kidney problems, and most recently she spent the summer rehabilitating from offseason reconstructive ankle surgery.
Serving as team captain for the Terrapins this season, Nelson has led her squad to a 4-4-0 start and a No. 21 national ranking. On Sept. 12, Nelson notched her first career hat trick, in a 3-0 win over visiting George Washington. Nelson shares the team in goals (3) and points (7) with Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.).
Records & Rankings
Maryland enters the Wake Forest game with a 4-4-0 record after winning at Rutgers (1-0), upsetting No. 4 Penn State (3-1), defeating Towson (1-0) and blanking George Washington (3-0). The Terps' losses have come against No. 22 Duke (2-1), Richmond (1-0), No. 19 Santa Clara (4-2) and No. 6 Stanford (3-0). Last season, Maryland was 11-10-1 and 4-2-1 in the ACC as it finished the season ranked No. 23 in the final NSCAA poll. The Terps advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year before losing to national semifinalists Penn State, 3-2 in the second round.
The Terps, who were ranked as high as No. 9 on Sept. 4 in the NSCAA poll are No. 21 in the Sept. 18 poll. In the other polls of Sept. 18, the Terps were ranked No. 24 in the American Soccer Writers poll, No. 21 by Soccer Buzz, No. 25 by SoccerTimes.com, and not ranked in the top 20 by Soccer America.
Wake Forest is 5-2-0 this season after defeating UNC Greensboro (3-0), East Carolina (4-1), Ohio State (2-1), Charlotte (2-1) and Virginia Tech (5-1) The Demon Deacons' losses have come to Missouri (2-0) and then-No. 25 California (2-1).
The Deacons are ranked in all five polls: No. 20 by the NSCAA, No. 10 by Soccer Buzz, No. 16 by Soccer America, No. 18 by the American Soccer Writers and No. 20 by SoccerTimes.com.
The Series With Wake Forest
Maryland holds a 5-3 series lead against Wake Forest, dating back to the first meeting in 1994. The Terps upset Wake Forest, 1-0 when they were ranked No. 9 in last season's regular season meeting on Oct. 22. Maryland midfielder Emily Janss scored the game-winning goal as she netted the only goal with 19:51 left in regulation.
The Demon Deacons got a measure of revenge in the 1999 ACC Tournament, as they eliminated the Terps with a 1-0 win in Chapel Hill on Nov. 5. Wake Forest's Anne Shropshire notched the game's only goal with 1:07 left in the first half off a cross from Joline Charlton.
In the first four meetings between the teams, Maryland had outscored Wake Forest 17-0. The Terps have outscored the Deacs 21-6 overall in the eight matches.
The Maryland-Wake Forest Series
2000 ACC STANDINGS
Last Week's Action
Sept. 13: Florida State 2, South Alabama 0
This Week's Action
Biscoe Lost For Year
Maryland freshman midfielder Jen Biscoe (Baltimore, Md.) will be lost for the remainder of the 2000 season with an torn ACL in her right knee. She will undergo surgery on Friday, Sept. 22.
Only three days after she scored her first college goal to lift the Terps to a 1-0 win over local rival Towson on Sept. 6, Biscoe went down against Richmond on Sept. 9. She suffered the injury while playing defense in the 25th minute of the game and didn't return.
Poulin Steps In For Roommate
With her fellow freshman teammate and dorm roommate Jen Biscoe sidelined for the remainder of the 2000 season, Audra Poulin has replaced her in the starting lineup. In her first start, Poulin had a sensational game setting up Julie Nelson's first two goals to record her first two college assists.
"I definitely felt a lot of pressure replacing Jen, who is incredible," Poulin said. "I felt bad replacing Jen as if she should have been out there instead. Usually when I'm put in a position like that I choke but this gave me a lot of added confidence."
Both Poulin and Biscoe highlight a freshman class that was touted by many publications as one of the nation's best entering the season. Biscoe earned Baltimore Sun Player of the Year honors in 1999 as a senior at John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., while Poulin, a NSCAA All-American, was voted Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year as a senior at Rockville High School.
Ludwig Assists At Ludwig
Another member of the decorated freshman class Katie Ludwig posted her first college point against George Washington. Ludwig found Audra Poulin, who crossed the ball to Julie Nelson for the Terps' second goal in the 3-0 win over Colonials.
Ludwig is the first player to play and now score a point at Ludwig Field, which was constructed in 1995.
Many members of the Terps saw significant action against George Washington, for the first time this season. Junior Debbie Lieberman (Commack, N.Y.) played the final 60 minutes and defensive midfield and took her first two shots of the season. Sophomore defender Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) played 28 solid minutes and made a key defensive stop in the final seconds to preserve the shutout.
Viher Veers Into Points Column
Sophomore Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio) is third on the team in points with four (one goal and two assists). As a freshman Viher started all 22 games, but did not record a point. In 2000, she has taken a more offensive role from the backline this season.
Viher registered her first college goal in the season-opening win over Rutgers on Aug. 25.
She continued the offense in her second game of 2000, as she picked up her first college assist on Sara Gustafson's first goal of the 3-1 win over Penn State. Viher fed a soft cross to Gustafson, who beat Penn State keeper Emily Oleksiuk in the low right corner.
Viher posted her second assist in the win over Towson on Sept. 6.
Home Sweet Home
Maryland has made a habit of winning at Ludwig Field. The Terps hold a 45-14-3 record all-time in games played at Ludwig, dating to its construction in 1995. They have won 75.0 percent of the games in College Park. Maryland has won five straight non-conference games at Ludwig and seven of the last nine, overall.
Playing The Best
Of the Terps 18 regular-season opponents, 12 have been ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 at one point this season. For the week of Sept. 12, nine of the Terps opponents are ranked including five in the top 10: No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Duke.
Wins Against Ranked Teams
The Terps picked up their first-ever win against a team ranked in the top five when they beat No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 29, 3-1. Previously, Maryland's only favorable result against a top-five team was a tie against then-No. 4 Connecticut when it battled to a 2-2 tie on Oct. 11, 1998.
All-time, Maryland has recorded 27 wins in program history against teams ranked in the Top 25, including four last season.
In 1999, then-unranked Maryland upset No. 9 Duke on Sept. 18 (4-3 in OT), No. 9 Clemson on Oct. 17 (2-1 in OT), No. 11 Wake Forest on Oct. 22 (1-0) and No. 21 Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals on Nov. 4 (2-1).
Over the past five years, dating to 1995, Maryland has picked up 23 wins against top 25 teams. Prior to the win over Penn State, the highest ranked team that Maryland has ever upset was then-No. 7 Duke, when the Terps topped the Blue Devils, 2-1 in College Park on Oct. 1, 1995. Maryland has picked up seven other wins against top-10 teams and that tie against UConn in 1998.
Wins/Ties Against Top 10 Teams
The No. 9 ranking in the Sept. 4 NSCAA poll was the highest ranking Maryland has received in four seasons, dating back to a No. 7 ranking to start the 1997 season. Overall, Maryland has been ranked for all or part of the season for the last eight years. Maryland's highest ranking came when the Terps were No. 4 midway through the 1996 season after Maryland reeled off 14 consecutive victories to start the season. Maryland played four games as the No. 4 team spanning Oct. 1-13, 1996.
Maryland has only been ranked higher during two previous seasons in 1996 and 1997.
Maryland In The NSCAA Rankings
Serrins Nearing Shutout Mark
Senior keeper Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) continues to move up the Maryland career goalkeeper charts. With her whitewash against George Washington, Serrins moved up the career shutouts list with her 11th. She is currently one short of tying Heather Rowe (1988-91) and Missy Price (1993-96) for the all-time career shutout record with 12.
Serrins has also lowered her career goals against average to 1.36, allowing 51 goals in 3,373 minutes over 47 games in goal. Her career GAA is third all-time at Maryland. She also ranks on the all-time saves list with 151.
Teammate Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.), who is redshirting the 2000 season also ranks in the top five on all three lists.
TERPS IN THE POLLS2000 NSCAA Poll (Sept. 18)
2000 Am. Soccer Writers Poll (Sept. 18)
2000 Soccer America Poll (Sept. 18)
2000 Soccer Buzz Poll (Sept. 11)
2000 SoccerTimes.Com (Sept. 18)
Week-By-Week In The Polls
Opponents In The Most Recent Polls
Season Honors Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.) Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 4) Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 4)
Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) Stanford Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team
Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.) ACC Live Soccer Spotlight (Sept. 18)
Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.)
Stanford Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team