Terps women shoot but can't score, ousted by Dayton, 1-0

72nd-minute goal offsets big Maryland edge in shots

November 17, 2001|By Brendan Glaccum | Brendan Glaccum,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Maryland's women's soccer team, making its first NCAA tournament appearance in two years, played the type of game that typified its season. The Terps controlled much of the play, outshot their opponent, but had trouble finding the goal.

And thus, their season ended, 1-0, in the tournament's first round as Dayton won its 14th straight game, the second longest streak in the nation.

Despite outshooting the Flyers 23-5 and dominating the game's second half at the University of West Virginia, the Terps (10-7-2) were done in by a Flyers goal in the 72nd minute.

Dayton forward Judi Aschenbrener received a long pass from midfielder Shannon Kuhl on the far left side, beat defender Lindsay Niehaus, and lobbed to the top-left corner over sliding Terps goalkeeper Ali Wolff, who came out from the goal to challenge her.

Instead of the usual four-defender, four-midfielder, two-forward lineup she usually uses, Terps coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski started a 4-3-3 setup with sophomore Katie Ludwig, who played most of the season at defender, starting up front. The Terps didn't have the luck they would have liked with the change.

"Obviously, Dayton came out and played a strong game," Higgins-Cirovski said. "We met our match, as far a work rate goes. We had our share of the play. We just couldn't put it into the net."

The narrow, 70-yard field and the height (5 feet 3) of Flyers goalkeeper Stephanie Weisenfeld appeared conducive to the Terps' strength - defender Lindsay Givens' throw-ins, which had led to several Maryland goals this season.

But the Flyers (16-5) knew about Givens, played her throw-ins to perfection, and Weisenfeld stood her ground.

"We were aware of the throw-in," Dayton senior midfielder Megan McKnight said. "Basically, we set up like [we do on] a corner kick every time she threw it and sent as many people back as we needed to defend it, and we decided we were going to get to get to every one of those [throws] first."

Goals: D-Aschenbrener. Assists: D-Kuhl. Saves: D-Weisenfeld 8; M-Wolff 1. Half: 0-0.

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