Maryland 1, Penn State 0 Â Nov. 14,
Maryland 1, Penn State 0ÂNov. 14, 2004
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- No. 2 seed Penn State dropped a heart-breaker to Maryland, 1-0, at Jeffrey Field Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Mallory Mahar headed in the gamewinner for the Terps in the 33rd minute and goalkeeper Nikki Resnick helped Maryland hold on for the victory, which snapped a 39-game home win streak at Jeffrey Field.
The game was a physical contest at all positions, with rough play between the two teams resulting in four cards. Maryland's goal came on a restart when Danielle Malagari found Kimmy Francis. Francis directed it to Mahar, who barely got a head on it in the box, but was able to redirect the kick from close range past Penn State keeper Erin McLeod (Vancouver, B.C.).
Penn State turned on the heat from the outset and stepped the pressure up even higher after falling behind the Terps, but couldn't find the goal. The best chance of the day came with under 24 minutes remaining when a Sarah Dwyer (Califon, N.J.) shot ricocheted off a Maryland defender and then off the far post. Player of the year candidate Tiffany Weimer (North Haven, Conn.), was held scoreless for only the third time all season, and put the most pressure on the Terps. Weimer, the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year, put four shots on goal despite attracting swarming defenses every time she touched the ball. All told Penn State took 17 shots to Maryland's six. The Terps' Resnick ended the day with nine saves, while McLeod had three.
The Lions end their season at 19-3-1, winning their seventh-straight Big Ten championship this year. Maryland advances to meet the winner of the Washington vs. Auburn game.
-- Courtesy Penn State