Women's Soccer Preview – NC State – 10/10/2009

Chris Trevino

Women’s Soccer Writer

 
Sade Ayinde umterps.com

 

After an adrenaline filled last-second win over the #2 team in the country, the #5 ( Soccer America) Maryland Terrapins are looking to keep their momentum rolling. The Terps close out their three-game road trip against N.C State tomorrow.The struggling Wolfpack (7-6-0, 1-3 ACC) have lost three straight ACC games, most recently in overtime to Wake Forest. Prior to this skid, they were cruising on a three game winning streak, but have lost all their games against ranked opponents this year. 

Compared to Boston College, the Wolfpack do not really intimidate. They’re outscoring opponents 26-11 and average 2.00 goals per game – respectable figures but far from dominant. The defense, however, has had a very good year; they allow less than a goal per game (0.85).

Junior midfielder Kristina Argiroff leads the team in goals with five, while fellow junior Tanya Cain and freshman Jennie Krauser each have four goals, respectively. Goalkeeper Kim Kern has tallied four shutouts this year. The junior owns a .845 save percentage.

After falling to a average Virginia Tech team, then rebounding with a spectacular win over an excellent Boston College team, it’s hard to figure out this Terps squad. But one thing is clear; when Maryland plays to their potential they can hang with any team in the nation.

Thursday’s win showed once again how balanced the Lady Terps are. Multiple players got shots on goal against BC, showing teams Maryland can create scoring opportunities outside of Jasmyne Spencer, Ashley Grove, and Sade Ayinde. Thirteen players on Maryland’s roster have scored at least once.

Yewande Balogun recorded seven saves against Boston College, giving Maryland players and fans alike confidence in their goalie.

Terp’s Record: (10-1-1, 2-1-1 ACC)

Opponent’s Record: (7-6-0, 1-3-0 ACC)

Location: Raleigh, N.C

Time: 1 PM ET

Coverage: umterps.com via Gametracker

Prediction: I think the Terps learn from their mistakes in Blacksburg and ride the win over BC in a dominating performance. Terps win 2-0 with Hubka and Spencer scoring.

 

Topics: Northcarolinastatewolfpack, Previews, Womenssoccer

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