Maryland’s women’s soccer team beat the Missouri Tigers today, 3-2, in the Terps’ second regular season match of the year. Sade Ayinde, Amy O’Sullivan, and Ashley Grove scored for the Terps, while Dominique Richardson and Alysha Bonnick put the ball in for Mizzou.
The Tigers took the lead with Richardson’s goal in the fifth minute, and the Terps were in control for most of the rest of the game. Maryland got plenty of chances on offense and played lockdown defense, finally scoring on an Ayinde header in the 36th minute.
Ayinde dominated the game on offense, out-muscling Tiger defenders with ease and barreling down the field towards goal. Seconds after her goal, she broke away from the defense and just missed her second score of the night – her shot clanging off the right crossbar. However, Ayinde was later knocked out of the game going for a ball in the air, colliding with a Mizzou player. After the game, coach Brian Pensky said she suffered from a slight concussion, and he is unsure if she will be available for Friday’s game at Tennessee.
The highlight of the game came in the 70th minute, when Ashley Grove dribbled past three defenders, setting up a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie. Once reaching the edge of the box, Grove flicked the ball past the diving goalie, and chased it down the left side of the goal. Right before it was going to cross the line and go out of bounds, Grove tapped the ball with her left foot and sent it into the net.
Overall, the Terps looked very impressive. The defense was successful, although somewhat porous at times. Goalie Yewande Balogun let two goals past but made a very nice save in the second half. The offense, however, looked in midseason form. Jasmyne Spencer’s quickness coupled with Ayinde’s strength and the skill of Grove and the midfielders will be hard for any team to compete with.