#1 Terps Begin NCAA Tournament Run Friday
Nov. 11, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team (17-2-2/7-2-1 ACC) earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and will serve as the host for the first and second rounds this weekend. The Terps will take on High Point on Friday, Nov. 12, at Ludwig Field at 5 p.m.
Maryland, which is one of 64 teams selected to play in the tournament, is making its 11th overall appearance and boasts a record of 17-2-2. The Panthers, 11-10-1 overall, earned their bid by winning the Big South championship.
The other two teams selected to the College Park pod were Siena (17-3-1) and Georgetown (13-6-1). The Saints and Hoyas will play in the 8 p.m. game following the Maryland-High Point game.
Weekdays After 4 p.m. - Fans arriving on campus after 4 p.m. on weekdays can park free in Lot Z1 or Lot 1b, both of which are located between Cole Field House and Ludwig Field, or in Regents Drive Garage, which is located on Regents Drive between Stadium Drive and Field House Drive. However, due to the construction of the new Biosciences Research Building on Field House Drive between Stamp Student Union and the Bio-Psych Building, fans should note that the walk from Regents to Shipley will be longer than usual because of limited or no pedestrian access in certain construction areas on Field House Drive. Directional signs will be posted.
Fans will be able to follow all of the action on umterps.com via Gametracker.
Maryland's student-run radio station, WMUC, will also be broadcasting the match at WMUCsports.com.
Maryland Returns To The NCAA Tournament For 11th Time
The last time Maryland advanced to the second round was last season when the No. 4 seeded Terps topped Monmouth in the first round, 4-0, in College Park. Maryland defeated Washington State, 1-0, in the second round, but its tournament run came to an end with a 1-0 loss at No. 1 seed North Carolina.
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Scouting The Terps
Maryland opened the 2010 season with a comfortable 6-0 shutout over Iona (recap | final stats) on Aug. 20. Junior Ashley Grove paced the Terps with two goals and an assist in the win over the Gaels. Junior Lydia Hastings snapped a 22-game goal-scoring drought with a goal, while also adding two assists. Senior co-captain Caitlin McDowell moved to left back after playing in the midfield for three seasons, but that didn't effect her production as she tallied a pair of assists.
The Terps then had a short turnaround for a showdown with two-time defending Big 12 regular season champs Missouri (recap | final stats) on Aug. 22. The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of play, but the Terps rallied to knot the match at 1-1 before halftime on junior Sade Ayinde's first goal of the season in the 37th minute. Maryland came out of the break firing and took a 2-1 lead on junior Amy O'Sullivan's first collegiate goal in the 49th minute. Junior Ashley Grove's third goal of the season was an insurance goal in the 71st minute, but that proved to be the game-winner when Mizzou scored again in the 78th minute to make it a 3-2 game, which is how it would finish.
Junior forward Ashley Grove scored her third straight game-winning goal to lead the Terps to a 3-1 victory over Tennessee (recap | final stats) in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. Junior Lydia Hastings gave Maryland an early 1-0 lead and Grove's score made it 2-0 early in the first half. The Lady Vols pulled to within one midway through the first half, but the Terps sealed the victory with Jasmyne Spencer's first goal of the season in the 74th minute.
The Terps then clinched the Lady Vol Classic title with a 4-0 win over 2009 Atlantic Sun champ Kennesaw State (recap | final stats). Jasmyne Spencer, who was named the MVP of the tournament, and Caitlin McDowell each scored twice in the win to become the first Maryland teammates to score two goals apiece in a game since Oct. 1, 2003 when Jen Biscoe and Katie Ludwig both had two goals in a 6-0 win over James Madison. Joining Spencer on the all-tournament team were Ashley Grove and Domenica Hodak.
Maryland wasn't sharp vs. Stony Brook (recap | final stats), but still managed to come away with a 2-0 shutout victory. Sophomore Danielle Hubka returned after missing two games due to injury to score the game-winning goal off assists from Sade Ayinde and Olivia Wagner. Ayinde put in the insurance goal off assists from Jasmyne Spencer and Kayla Clarke, who earned her first collegiate point on the goal.
Sade Ayinde's penalty kick in the 81st minute was the difference in the Terps' 3-2 road victory at Seton Hall (recap | final stats). Goals by Olivia Wagner and Ashley Grove gave Maryland a 2-0 lead, but the Pirates fought back to knot the score in the 77th minute. A breakaway by Jasmyne Spencer off of an early throw-in led to the penalty kick that Ayinde burried.
The Terps fell behind thanks to an early, unconventional goal vs. Delaware (recap | final stats), but Maryland tied the score at 1-1 before the half on a 40-yard header by Colleen Deegan and then rattled off three second-half goals for a 4-1 victory. Sade Ayinde scored back-to-back goals to lead the Terps' scoring parade. Ayinde was taken down in the box and converted the penalty kick to give Maryland the 2-1 lead. She then scored on a highlight-reel sliding bicycle-kick-type goal to make it 3-1. Ashley Grove netted her team-leading sixth goal to close out the scoring.
Maryland finished its non-conference schedule with a perfect 8-0-0 record thanks to two late goals by Jasmyne Spencer that gave the Terps a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in overtime over George Mason (recap | final stats). The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, scoring on a free kick. Spencer netted the tying goal in the 80th minute on a terrific individual effort, going through three defenders to get off the initial shot and then working past two more Patriot defenders to fight for the ball before putting away the rebound. In the fouth minute of the first overtime, Colleen Deegan sent a long ball over the top of the Patriot defense. With a step on her defender, Spencer got on the end of the pass with only the goalkeeper to beat. Instead of rushing the shot Spencer showed a great deal of patience, skill and technical skill by waiting for Bodenschatz to commit before taking a shot that bounced just inside the right post.
The Terps fell behind to #14 Duke midway through the second half, but Ashley Grove scored in the 76th minute to earn an important point in the ACC with a 1-1 tie (recap | final stats). Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun made a season-high five saves in the match, while defender Megan Gibbons made two team saves to preserve the tie. Jasmyne Spencer led the offensive attack with five shots.
Sophomore Danielle Hubka scored the game-winning goal at rain-soaked Ludwig Field to give Maryland a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Virginia (recap | final stats). Lydia Hastings gave the Terps a 1-0 lead in the third minute, finishing a cross from Jasmyne Spencer with a blistering one-timer from 18 yards out. The Cavaliers tied the match early in the second half on a rebound goal off of a blocked shot. The two teams traded penalty kicks midway through the second half, setting up Hubka's header off of a great corner kick from Olivia Wagner in the 74th minute. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun made five saves in the win, but several of those were spectacular diving efforts that preserved the victory in the waning minutes.
The Terps suffered their first loss of the season, 1-0, at Virginia Tech (recap | final stats). Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun finished with three saves. Junior Sade Ayinde led the Maryland offensive attack with three shots. Senior Caitlin McDowell, juniors Skyy Anderson and Ashley Grove, and sophomore Olivia Wagner each had a pair of shots.
Maryland earned arguably the biggest win in the program's history when it topped No. 2 Boston College (recap | final stats) by a 2-1 margin. Senior Colleen Deegan got on the end of an Ashley Grove corner kick to head home the game-winning goal with just eight seconds left on the clock to give the Terps the victory. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but junior Amy O'Sullivan capitalized on a loose ball off of a Megan Gibbons' cross to tie the match in the 76th minute. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun was solid in net for the Terps, especially in the first half when she made five of her seven saves. The victory over the No. 2 Eagles marks the highest-ranked opponent ever to go down in defeat at the hands of the Terps. Maryland's win over No. 3 UCLA in 2004 was the previous highest-ranked victory.
Junior Jasmyne Spencer scored the game's lone goal in the 68th minute to lead the Terps to a 1-0 road win at NC State (recap | final stats). The goal started with a great ball from senior Colleen Deegan, who played it back against the grain to sophomore Megan Gibbons down the sideline. Gibbons then slipped the ball into the box with a short cross that Spencer ran onto and one-timed into the back of the Wolfpack net.
Junior Jasmyne Spencer totaled a career-high five points on two goals and an assist to lead Maryland to a 4-0 rout of Clemson (recap | final stats). Senior Caitlin McDowell tied her career-high with four points on a goal and two assists. Senior Molly Dreska also scored in the victory, while juniors Skyy Anderson and Domenica Hodak each added assists. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun made two saves to pick up her second full shutout of the season.
Maryland fell behind Wake Forest and ended up losing a 2-1 decision at the Demon Deacons (recap | final stats) on Oct. 21. Junior Ashley Grove finished a corner kick off assists from junior Sade Ayinde and sophomore Olivia Wager for the Terps' lone goal.
History was made in the 32nd meeting between the Terps and North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 24. Junior Sade Ayinde scored twice in the final 12 minutes to lead Maryland to its first-ever victory over the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels (recap | final stats). Carolina took an early lead and held that all the way through the 78th minute when a long goal kick by redshirt junior Yewande Balogun went over the UNC backline and Ayinde ran onto it and finished with a one-timer off the outside of her right boot. Ayinde then game Maryland the lead in the 86th minute off of a free kick, which was set up by junior Jasmyne Spencer, who was fouled just outside of UNC 18. Ayinde then took the free kick and sent it under the wall and into the right side of the net.
Jasmyne Spencer's goal in the 62nd minute capped off another amazing come-from-behind victory for the Terps as they knocked off No. 8/9 Florida State, 2-1 (recap | final stats). FSU took a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but senior Colleen Deegan buried a free kick from 25 yards out inside the left post to tie the match in the 59th minute. Spencer then scored her team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season to give the Terps their sixth conference win of the year.
The Terps wrapped up its regular season with its third straight 2-1 victory, this one coming against the Miami Hurricanes (recap | final stats) in dramatic fashion. Maryland took an early lead on a Danielle Hubka goal in the fourth minute of play with assists coming from seniors Erika Theisen and Caitlin McDowell. The Hurricanes tied the match early in the second half, but Maryland's resilience showed again as it rallied for the game-winning goal in the 76th minute. Junior Skyy Anderson sent a long ball into the Miami box. A scramble bumped the ball into the air near the top of the box where McDowell flicked it to the right post where Hastings elevated and headed it into the goal. Miami's Brittney MacDonald tried to clear the ball, but it had already landed over the line for the score. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun perserved the victory with five stops in the match, including a one-handed leaping save on a 1v1 situation with Miami's all-time leading scorer Brittney Steinbruch.
The 2nd-seeded Terps won their first ACC tournament game since 2003 with a 1-0 decision vs. Duke (recap | final stats). Senior Molly Dreska scored the game-winner in the 71st minute, finishing a cross from junior Sade Ayinde into to the upper right 90 from 17 yards out. Senior Colleen Deegan started the play with a nice long ball to Ayinde at the left corner of the Blue Devil 18. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun made three of her four stops in the first half to keep a rested Duke squad off the board.
Maryland advanced to its first ACC title game with a 1-0 overtime victory over Boston College (recap | final stats) in the semis. Sophomore Danielle Hubka scored the game's lone goal 55 seconds into the first overtime, finishing a long ball sent over the top of the Eagle backline by junior Skyy Anderson. Terp keeper Yewande Balogun was tremendous in goal, making six saves.
The Terps tied Wake Forest, 1-1 (recap | final stats), in the ACC Championshio game, but the Demon Deacons took home the tropy, winning the shootout 3-1. Junior Ashley Grove gave Maryland a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, but Wake tied the match in the 19th minute. The two teams went scoreless for the remaining 100 minutes, sending the match to a shootout. The Terps and Deacs each coverted their first PK attemps, but WF keeper Aubrey Bledsoe stopped the next three Maryland attempts to seal the title for Wake Forest
Scouting The Panthers
The Panthers went 5-8-1 in their non-conference schedule, including four matches against ACC opponents. High Point played its first ACC opponent on Aug. 28 and lost a 3-0 decision at NC State. The Panthers' second ACC match was a 5-0 loss at Duke on Sept. 5. High Point then defeated Clemson, 4-3, on Sept. 12, but finished matches vs. ACC opposition with a 2-1 loss at Wake Forest on Sept. 17.
High Point comes into Friday's match having won its last five games, including three in the Big South tournament. The Panthers are 8-1-1 in their last 10 matches.
This is High Point's second trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers won the 2009 Big South championship to earn an automatch bid. High Point lost 1-0 in the first round at No. 1 seed North Carolina, which scored the game's lone goal in the 70th minute.
Pensky Named ACC Coach of the Year
Spencer Repeats As First Team All-ACC Selection
Spencer Earns Honors
Spencer enjoyed a breakthough season in her second year in the Terrapin program. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native started the year with the game-winning goal in the 3-0 win over Army and didn't slowed up from there. Spencer led the team with 25 points on 10 goals, including four game-winners, and was tied for second on the squad with five assists. Her 25 points were the most for a Terrapin in a season since 1998 when Keri Sarver set the school record with 49 points. Her 10 goals are also the most since 1999 when Jackie Mynarski had 11.
The preseason honors may have been based upon last season's production, but the 5-foot-1 dynamo has been just as productive early on in 2010 and has earned the honors to show it. Spencer earned three weekly honors following her MVP performance at the Lady Vol Classic (Aug. 27-29). She scored her first goal of the season in the 3-1 victory over host Tennessee and then scored the team's first two goals in the 4-0 shutout of Kennesaw State. In addition to being named the tournament MVP, Spencer was named the co-ACC Player of the Week, selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and was one of collegesoccer360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week. Spencer's ACC honor marks the first time since 2004 that a Terrapin has earned ACC POW honors.
Spencer continued to gain recognition following her career-best five-point output vs. Clemson as she was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week.
Spencer followed up her 25-point 2009 season with 23 points so far this season, which makes her the first Terp since the 1997-98 seasons to have back-to-back 20+-point seasons. Keri Sarver (36-49), Emmy Harbo (24-36) and Robin McCullough (22-21) each had back-to-back 20+-point seasons in 1997-98.
Ayinde Honored For Tar Heel Heroics
Ayinde was previously selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week following her performances vs. Seton Hall and Delaware. Ayinde scored the game-winning goals vs. both the Pirates and the Blue Hens with both game-winners coming on penalty kicks. It is the first recorded instance of a Maryland player tallying PK goals in back-to-back games in the 24-year history of the program.
Ayinde is working her way up several career charts as well. She is currently17th on the all-time points list with 38 career points and is 9th on the all-time assists list with 16.
McDowell Moving Up By Giving
McDowell's 11 assists this season is a remarkable achievement and is just the fourth time in the history of the Terrapin program a player has reached double-digit assists in a single-season.
She enterted the Top 25 in career points at Maryland with her two assist performance vs. Miami in the regular season finale. McDowell is tied for 21st with 35 career points.
The 2002 team finished the season with eight players with double-digit points: Ali Andrzejewski (20), Audra Poulin (19), Katie Ludwig (16), Kimmy Francis (16), Simone Dekker (15), Jen Biscoe (13), Mallory Mahar (12) and Kim King (10).
Deegan and McDowell Earn Academic Honor
Maryland moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest NSCAA Top 25, tying the program best for that poll, and are also No. 4 (up one spot from last week) in TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2010 Tournament 64 Rankings, which, according to TDS.com's website, "are a running attempt to project the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth."
Terps Toppling Top 10 Teams
Dating back to its 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary's in 2008, Maryland has won its last 19 matches vs. non-ACC opponents. The Terps have outscored its non-conference opposition 59-11 in those 19 victories.
The 19 straight wins over non-ACC foes breaks the school record which was set in 1996 when that squad of Terps won 17 consecutive non-conference games before losing at Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
100 And Counting At Ludwig Field
Through the seasons, the Terps have had a knack for shutting teams out at Ludwig Field. Maryland has won 71 of its 108 victories (65.7%) at Ludwig Field via shutout. Add in the nine 0-0 ties the Terps have had at Ludwig Field and it totals 80 times that Maryland has shutout its opponent in 171 games (46.8%).
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