Underclassmen Hoist Terps 2-0 Victors Over Temple Owls
#16 Kaila Sciascia deflects a corner off her head and over the Temple defenders during Maryland's 2-0 win over Temple at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on September 7, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland Terrapin Women's Soccer team snapped a 3-game winless streak with a convincing win over the visiting Temple Owls this afternoon at Ludwig Field. The tenacity of the freshmen recruits, combined with the stellar performance of the senior leadership, gave the Terps an undeniable edge in the matchup this afternoon. Sophomore Colleen Deegan and freshman Danielle Schulmann recorded the 2 goals for the Terps in the second half as Maryland rattled off 11 shots on goal and 27 overall shots in 90 minutes of play.

The Terps have struggled early this season to find their legs with over half the roster occupied by freshmen and sophomores. Head Coach Brian Pensky made several sweeping substitutions this afternoon when he swapped out as many as 4 players at a time looking for the correct chemistry to put the ball in the back of the net. Despite a decidedly lop-sided first half in favor of the Terps, the score was tied at 0 apiece as both teams headed into the locker rooms after the first 45 minutes of play.

Maryland's second half performance was as strong as the first but the correct combination of midfielders and attackers offered scoring opportunities after 6 corner kicks. On the first goal Annesia Faulkner readied to fire the corner from the left post but was substituted out at the last minute. Maryland's sub took the shot low where it bounced around near the left goal post before settling into Colleen Deegan's feet. Bresani's chip to Deegan drew keeper Kara Williams off guard and the sophomore was able to make the goal count for a 1-0 lead.

In the 63rd minute of play senior forward #16 Kaila Sciascia stormed the net twice and returned to midfield unfulfilled. Her first scoring chance came off a break up the left side where a centering pass found her charging across the goal. Her header floated high and wide but caught nearly all of the Temple defenders off guard. Less than 30 seconds later it was Sciascia again challenging the net when a Terrapin broke up the right side and set up a crossing pass to Sciascia. Sciascia played it directly off her right foot but the deflection went wide of the goal.

Danielle Schulmann was the second and final goal scorer for the Terps this afternoon. Dominique Vellutato set up the scoring opportunity when she broke free of her defender on the right side of the field. Vellutato looked forward and found Schulmann for the pass and Schullmann one-time'd it off her right foot. The play took place so quickly that even goalkeeper Kara Williams seemed confused as to what had happened.

Maryland hits the road next weekend for matches against Dartmouth and William & Mary down in Charlottesville, Virginia. The lady Terps return to Ludwig on September 21st at 1pm for a match against regional challenger Mount St. Mary's.