W&M women write end to Terps' season, 2-0 NCAA tournament defeat leaves final mark 11-11-1

November 16, 1998|By Jennifer Williams | Jennifer Williams,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- William and Mary's women's soccer team came out charged up yesterday, and ended Maryland's season, 2-0, in an NCAA tournament second-round game at Captains Field on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

Maryland, making its fourth consecutive NCAA appearance, finished 11-11-1. William and Mary (17-2-2) advanced to next weekend's third round and will play at North Carolina (22-0), the two-time defending national champion.

The Terps, who finished fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the regular season and lost to Wake Forest in the conference tournament quarterfinals, defeated Fairfield, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Maryland struggled to get anything going offensively yesterday. The Tribe also shut out the Terps, 2-0, in the regular season, and this match was something of a repeat.

"I thought William and Mary defended very well today," said Terps coach Alan Kirkup. "They seemed to cover every blade of grass, and every ball we hit seemed to end up at their feet."

With 2: 27 left in the first half, Tribe senior forward Mary Totman controlled a rebound from a corner kick and fired a shot from 15 yards that put the Tribe up 1-0.

Ten minutes into the second half, freshman Avery Willis scored from 12 yards to give William and Mary an insurance goal.

"I never really felt that we were out of it," said Maryland forward Keri Sarver, who led her team with 21 goals this season. "I think they had a little more enthusiasm than we did at the beginning. We just didn't connect on our passes when we needed to.

"That was the big difference today. We weren't as sharp as we usually are."

The Tribe outshot the Terps, 16-12, and was called for just two fouls to nine by Maryland.

"It was just one of those days when everything we did didn't seem to be working for us," Kirkup said. "It wasn't our best performance today and that's a little disappointing, but you've got to give credit to William and Mary."

Goals: WM--Totman, Willis. Assist: WM--Cristaldi. Saves: WM--Horbaly 8; Wolff 7. Half: 1-0.

Pub Date: 11/16/98

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