Sunday Special: Terps host NC State, T-Shirt Giveaway, Autograph Show
Sept. 28, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off a solid 1-0 victory over George Mason on Wednesday, the Maryland women's soccer team will host ACC rival NC State on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. It will be a special day for the fans, as the first 500 in attendance will receive free Maryland soccer T-shirts. The Terps will also hold a post-game autograph session with the fans. It is also Camp Day, as all participants in Maryland's women's soccer camp this summer have been invited to attend the game.
"It's great to get the fans involved," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "It is always exciting when there are lots of fans at Ludwig Field, the players really feed off the energy and excitement."
Maryland is looking for its fourth consecutive home win and fourth consecutive home shutout. Overall, Maryland has won 10 of its last 12 gams at Ludwig Field. The Terps are also seeking their first ACC win of the season.
Game Facts and Coverage
Game 11: NC State at Maryland
Series History: NC State leads 8-3-4.
Records & Rankings
Maryland enters the NC State game with a 5-5-0 overall record (0-2-0 in the ACC) after winning at Rutgers (1-0), upsetting No. 4 Penn State (3-1), and shutting out its last three opponents are home: Towson (1-0), George Washington (3-0) and George Mason (1-0). The Terps' losses have come against No. 22 Duke (2-1), Richmond (1-0), No. 19 Santa Clara (4-2), No. 6 Stanford (3-0) and No. 20 Wake Forest (1-0). 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 semifinalists Penn State, 3-2 in the second round.
The Terps were ranked as high as No. 9 on Sept. 4 in the NSCAA poll but are not ranked this week for the first time this season. They are in others receiving votes in the American Soccer Writers poll and Soccer Times.com poll for the week of Sept. 25.
NC State is 6-4-1 this season and 0-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack has defeated Charleston (4-0), South Carolina (1-0), High Point (4-1), UNC Wilmington (3-0), UNC Asheville (3-1) and Charlotte (3-0). Their losses have come to East Carolina (1-0), Davidson (1-0), Virginia (3-0) and Furman (3-1), they have also tied UNC Greensboro (0-0). The Wolfpack is not ranked in any of the polls.
The Series With NC State
The Wolfpack holds a 8-3-4 all-time advantage since the series began in 1987, when Maryland's team moved to varsity status. Maryland has not lost in the last four meetings, posting a 2-0-2 record. Last season, the teams played a scoreless tie at Method Road in Raleigh on Sept. 18, 1999. Ali Wolff (Richmond, Va.) made a season-high 10 saves in the tie, playing all 120 minutes.
In the last meeting at Ludwig Field, the Terps shutdown the Wolfpack, 5-0 on Sept. 20, 1998 behind a hat trick from all-time leading scorer Keri Sarver. Current Terps Courtney Beirne (Westminster, Md.) and Vita McKenna (Burlington, Ontario) recorded assists in the win. Goalies Ali Wolff and Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) split time in goal to share the shutout.
9/18/99 Maryland 0, NC State 0 (OT)
Home Sweet Home
Maryland has made a habit of winning at Ludwig Field. The Terps hold a 46-14-3 record all-time in games played at Ludwig, dating to its construction in 1995. They have won 75.4 percent of the games in College Park. Maryland has won six straight non-conference games at Ludwig and eight of the last 10, overall.
Serrins Equals Shutout Mark
Senior keeper Riki-Ann Serrins (Mission Viejo, Calif.) moved into a tie for the all-time Maryland career record for most shutouts with 12. She tied Heather Rowe (1988-91) and Missy Price (1993-96) for the career record.
Serrins has also lowered her career goals against average to 1.32, allowing 52 goals in 3,553 minutes over 49 games in goal.
With 49 games played in goal, Serrins stands tied for third in goalie games played with teammate Ali Wolff and Rowe, who also have played in 49 games.
Her career GAA is third all-time at Maryland. She also ranks on the all-time saves list with 176.
Wolff, who is redshirting the 2000 season also ranks in the top five on all three lists.
Career Shutout Leaders
Career Goals Against Average
Career Saves Leaders
Goalie Games Played Leaders
Kruse Cruises In First Start
Maryland's sophomore defense got a lift from another classmate making her first start, Katie Kruse (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who drew the nod against George Mason on Wednesday. After fellow Buckeye native Carly Viher (Mentor, Ohio) went down with a pregame warm-up injury, Kruse got the call to make her first college start just minutes before the first whistle.
Kruse played more than 80 minutes and was stellar on defense, assisting fellow sophomores Valerie Lawrence (Silver Spring, Md.) and Sally Harrison (Virginia Beach, Va.) in allowing George Mason just eight shots.
With Kruse in the starting lineup, it marked the first time Viher did not start in her college career. Viher had started all 31 games since coming to the Terps in the fall of 1999.
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. 25, 10 of the Terps' opponents are ranked including three in the top 10: No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 North Carolina and No. 6 Penn State. Also ranked in the top 25 are No. 11 Duke, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 Virginia, No. 15 Santa Clara, No. 17 Wake Forest No. 20 William & Mary and No. 21 Florida State.
"What's Up With Women's Soccer"
Maryland junior Debbie Lieberman (Commack, N.Y.) has been keeping a weekly journal about the women's soccer team called "What's Up With Women's Soccer."
It is posted on Maryland's website www.umterps.com under the features section on the home page and on the women's soccer page. It has also run on ESPN.com under the College Sports button on the left hand side.
In her sixth and most recent entry, Lieberman wrote about the Terps complete effort against George Mason.
Ludwig, Poulin Honored
In her second college start, Ludwig scored two goals as the Terps dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 19 Santa Clara on Sept. 15. 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, on Monday, Sept. 18. 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 leads the team in scoring with seven points and three goals. On Sept. 12, Nelson notched her first career hat trick, in a 3-0 win over visiting George Washington.
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 underwent successful surgery for an isolated ACL tear 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
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 named Ludwig to play and now score a point at Ludwig Field, which was constructed in 1995.
WMUC Broadcast Information
Maryland's student radio station WMUC (88.1 FM) will broadcast eight Maryland women's soccer games in 2000. A pregame show will air approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff. WMUC's broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet at wmuc.umd.edu.
Remaining 2000 WMUC Broadcast Schedule
Sun., Oct. 1 NC State 1:00 p.m.
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Sara Gustafson (Reisterstown, Md.)
Katie Ludwig (Mt. Laurel, N.J.)
Julie Nelson (McLean, Va.)
Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.)
2000 ACC STANDINGS
Teams Overall Pct. ACC Pct. Clemson 10-0-0 1.000 2-0-0 1.000 Duke 8-1-0 .889 2-0-0 1.000 Wake Forest 6-3-0 .667 1-0-0 1.000 North Carolina 10-1-0 .909 1-1-0 .500 Virginia 5-4-0 .556 1-1-0 .500 NC State 6-4-1 .575 0-1-0 .000 Florida State 7-4-0 .636 0-2-0 .000 Maryland 5-5-0 .500 0-2-0 .000
Last Week's Action
Sept. 23: Clemson Invitational
Sept. 24: Virginia Soccer Classic
This Week's Action
Sept. 29: Santa Clara Nike Tournament
Oct. 1: Santa Clara Nike Tournament
Sunday Special(Oct. 1): Free t-shirts & autographs