Report from Jesse Yomtov, Terrapin Station contributor.
The Terps were able to finish their non-conference schedule undefeated, beating the George Mason Patriots in overtime Friday night.
About 10 minutes into the match, Patriots midfielder Omolyn Davis lined up for a free kick from about 40 yards out. Davis managed to sneak it through the congregation in front of the goal, and to the back post where it got past Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun, staking George Mason to an early 1-0 lead.
For the first 75 minutes of the match, Maryland looked lost. Sloppy midfield play was a motif, errant passes were bountiful and in general, the team just didn’t appear to be on the same page.
With about 20 minutes remaining, somebody must have flipped a switch because the Terps suddenly picked it up, and began applying all kinds of pressure on GMU keeper Alex Bodenschatz. On one sequence, the Terps fired three shots on target, the first ricocheting off the left post setting up two rebound opportunities, both of which Bodenschatz kept out of the net.
In the 75th minute, junior Jasmyne Spencer fought off two defenders on her way into the box, shook them both with a beautiful inside the box, fired with her left and was denied by Bodenschatz. On her second chance, Bodenschatz again made the stop.
Five minutes later however, Spencer capitalized. Starting outside the box, she got the ball in on goal and Bodenschatz managed to get a hand on it, but it squirted loose inside the box. Spencer followed her shot, fought through three defenders and chipped in the equalizer.
The Terps had a few more opportunities before regulation ended, including an Ashley Grove just inside the box that forced Bodenschatz to make a diving stop on.
Four minutes into first overtime period, Colleen Deegan lobbed a ball over the Patriots defense and found Spencer making a well-timed run. With just the keeper to beat, Spencer was patient, waited for Bodenschatz to commit, and flicked in a shot just inside the right post to give the Terps the 2-1 victory.
#7/8 Maryland improves to 8-0-0, finishing off a perfect non-conference slate for the second consecutive year, while George Mason falls to 4-3-1.
The Terps get their ACC slate underway on Sunday the 27th when they host Duke.
Player of the Game- Jasmyne Spencer, who knotted her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Battling a stomach bug and matched up against 6’0” defender Kelly Thomas, the 5’1” Spencer used her explosive speed to create a number of opportunities, eventually scoring the equalizer in the 80th minute and then the winner in the 94th.