No. 1 UNC women have control over Terps, 4-0

No. 22 UM hurts cause as mistakes create 2 goals

College Soccer

October 06, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - During her four years as a player at North Carolina, Maryland women's soccer coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski never - not once - tasted defeat. Perhaps that's what made yesterday's 4-0 loss to the top-ranked Tar Heels so difficult to swallow.

The No. 22 Terps spent the day chasing the quicker Tar Heels all over the field, then hurt their own cause by giving up a pair of admittedly cheap goals in the second half. Following last year's tie in the decidedly lopsided series, this outcome never was in doubt.

"They showed just how hard a No. 1 team can work," said Higgins-Cirovski, twice the National Player of the Year at Carolina, which went a combined 89-0-6 in the late 1980s. "They came into our home field and they outworked us."

Paced by forward Lindsay Tarpley's two goals, North Carolina outshot Maryland 27-8.

The Tar Heels scored just 6:41 into the game when Jordan Walker fed Tarpley as she streaked toward the goal, and the sophomore beat goalie Kristen Barnhill to the upper left-hand corner.

Then, midway through the half, Carolina's Alyssa Ramsey beat her defender along the sideline and crossed to Heather O'Reilly for a 2-0 score.

Maryland seemed to be running for its life, as the Tar Heels consistently won loose balls and dominated time of possession. Some of the crowd's loudest cheers came when the Terps simply crossed midfield.

"They're the first team we've played where their pace with possession has been faster than ours, and that took a lot of getting used to," said Terps midfielder Audra Poulin. "So instead of getting the ball, seeing something and making it happen, we were reacting."

Said Higgins-Cirovski: "We had a hard time getting in behind them and creating chances."

Maryland did have opportunities, such as Mallory Mahar's header off a corner kick that ricocheted off goalie Aly Winget, but they were rare.

"They were all over our backs every time we had the ball," said Terps midfielder Katie Ludwig.

The Terps then helped North Carolina extend its lead in the second half. North Carolina scored on an own goal when a corner kick deflected off Maryland's Jennifer Lovecchio into the net, and Tarpley scored again after the Terps misplayed a ball deep in their own end.

"I was a little disappointed in some of the goals that we ended up giving them," Higgins-Cirovski said. "I just don't think we made them work hard enough."

North Carolina 2 2 - 4

Maryland 0 0 - 0

Goals: UNC-Tarpley 2, O'Reilly, own goal. Assists: UNC-Walker, Ramsey. Saves: UNC-Winget 6; M-Barnhill 10.

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