Terps women top Towson, 3-0

Ludwig scores twice

Gustafson throw-in scores

two freshmen from area strong in debut efforts

September 01, 2001|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Midfielder Katie Ludwig scored once in the first half and again in the second half last night, helping the Maryland women's soccer team to a season-opening 3-0 win over visiting Towson.

The sophomore from New Jersey got her first goal before 1,025 at Ludwig Field in the 18th minute and had assists from senior Sara Gustafson (Franklin) and sophomore co-captain Lindsay Givens.

She struck again 19 minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Gustafson and sending a shot off Towson goalkeeper Yasmin Alter (Archbishop Spalding) into the net.

Givens closed the scoring in unique fashion in the 82nd minute, launching a throw-in from the near side of the field that found its way through a goalmouth traffic jam for the three-goal cushion. The goal was Givens' first in 23 career games.

The game featured the collegiate debuts of two promising area freshmen, Maryland's Melissa Anderson and Towson's Shannon Jackson.

Terrapin coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski inserted Anderson (St. Mary's) into the lineup earlier this week after an injury to junior defender Carly Viher forced several personnel changes. Anderson finished with four shots.

"She [Anderson] had a wonderful game for her first game as a freshman," Higgins-Cirovski said. "That was nice to see, because we didn't see a lot out of her during preseason."

Jackson (River Hill) started up front for the Tigers and struggled, along with the rest of her team, to generate an attack against Maryland's veteran defense.

Towson coach Leslie Kerhin-Wray gave Jackson, last fall's Metro Soccer Player of the Year for The Sun, good marks nonetheless, hinting she may have earned a starting spot for the rest of the season.

"Shannon Jackson did awesome," Kerhin-Wray said. "I pointed it out at halftime. She's the one player that came in here and wasn't scared with the lights or the crowd or the `Terps' across their chests and played like she knows how to play.

"She played hard, she played physical, she played quick, she defended well - she did everything excellent. ... We just had some balls skip across in our six[-yard box] that we just didn't finish."

Towson 0 0 - 0 Maryland 1 2 - 3

Goals: M-Ludwig, Gustafson, Lindsay. Assists: M-Gustafson, Givens. Saves: T-Alter 6; M-Wolff.

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