Women’s Soccer Writer
After being on the road for so long, the Lady Terps were eager to put on a show for the home crowd at Ludwig Field. Rocking their pink breast cancer awareness jerseys, the Terrapins beat the Clemson Tigers, 4-0.
Right from the start, Maryland controlled the game. They unleashed a multitude of corners and shots on Clemson (5-9, 0-6 ACC) before netting their first goal of the game in the 13th minute. Senior Molly Dreska received a pass from Caitlin McDowell on the left side and took the shot from 18 yards out. The ball bounced off keeper Lauren Conrad’s hands and into the net for the goal.
Not one to be left out, Jasmyne Spencer scored her seventh goal of the season a minute later. Spencer sprinted past the Clemson defense up the right side and sent a bullet past Conrad into the left side of the net. Domenica Hodak was credited with the assist.
Maryland’s attack continued to pressure the weak Clemson defense, putting up seven shots and eight corners in the first half. The Tigers’ frustration showed in the 40th minute when junior Sarah Jacobs was given a yellow card for a hard foul.
The Terps (12-1-1, 4-1-1 ACC) defense put on their own dominant performance to compliment the offense. They limited Clemson to two shots for the entire game and did not surrender a corner. Keeper Yewande Balogun had another easy night with two saves.
Despite the 2-0 lead, the home team continued an aggressive approach in the second half. Caitlin McDowell added her 3rd goal of the season off crisp passes from Jasmyne Spencer and Skyy Anderson. McDowell sent a rocket four yards out from the left side that ricocheted off the left post for a goal in the upper right corner of the net.
Jasmyne Spencer scored her second goal of the night and 8th of the season in the 80th minute for the final goal of the game. She took a ball fed to her in the middle, redirected it to her left before finishing it to the right for the goal, capping an excellent all around game for the Terps.
Maryland is headed back on the road for a match up with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on October 21.
Player of the Game: Jasmyne Spencer has stormed back. She earns this award with her two-goal and one assist performance.