No. 3 Maryland tops American 5-1
Game shortened to 86 minutes due to inclement weather
GERMANTOWN, Md. -- No. 3 Maryland scored on two penalty kicks and an own goal en route to a 5-1 victory against American at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night.
The match between the Terps and the Eagles was shortened to 86 minutes due to inclement weather in the area.
Maryland, which played 22 players, opened the scoring in the 24th minute when junior defender Megan Gibbons played a nice ball down the right side to senior forward Sade Ayinde. Ayinde then played the ball into the middle of the field and ripped a shot past the AU keeper to make it a 1-0 lead.
Ayinde gave the Terps a 2-0 lead in the 37th minute by converting her fourth career penalty kick, which was the result of sophomore forward Hayley Brock getting taken down inside the Eagle 18-yard box.
Maryland continued to dominate the flow of play in the second half and again in the 64th minute the Terps scored via a penalty kick. This time it was junior midfield Olivia Wagner stepping to the ball and blasting it into the net to make it a 3-0 game. Eagle keeper Klare Lazor took down freshman forward Cory Ryan inside the box to give the PK to the Terps.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the 72nd minute on an own goal by an American defender. A foul on the Eagles gave the Terps a free kick just past the midfield stripe and senior defender Kristen McAfee laced a ball into the box where it was headed back by an Eagle defender and into the right side of the goal.
Maryland, which had not given up a goal in its first six matches of 2011, saw its shutout streak come to an end in the 73rd minute. A misplayed ball by the Terps gave AU's Jasmine Mohandesi the ball well outside the Maryland 18, but she lobbed the ball toward the Terrapin goal and it turned out to be a perfectly placed shot as it just got past Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun, making it a 4-1 game.
That goal snapped a scoreless streak that spanned 634 minutes.
That momentum wouldn't last long as senior midfield Amy O'Sullivan, who missed the first five games of the season due to injury, picked up her first point of the year by assisting freshman defender Shade Pratt's first collegiate goal in the 74th minute.
After the game, Maryland head coach Brian Pensky was complimentary of the effort he's seen from players coming off the Terrapin bench.
"We continue to be a deep team, throwing fresh legs at defenses," Pensky said. "We have gotten seven goals from players off the bench in the last two games combined - that's a sign of a pretty good team. Plus, we've getting some terrific contributions from midfielders and backs off the bench."