Freshman/Senior Combo Gives Terps 1-0 Win Over Miami
#27 Dominique Vellutato fires a shot against #00 Vicki Alonzo during Maryland's 1-0 win over Miami at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on October 5, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It was a freshman 1-2 punch that set up the lone goal this afternoon, and senior Kaila Sciascia was there to make it count. On a turnover outside the 18-yard box, freshman 5'4" forward #27 Dominique Vellutato drove in and challenged Miami goalkeeper #00 Vikki Alonzo. Vellutato fired from 9 yards out and Alonzo's dive sent the ball out of the endzone, prompting the corner kick. Terrapin senior #17 Ashley Grove wound up for the kick and sent it in to the mix where Kaila Sciascia came up with it for 1-0 goal.
Sciascia's goal with 22 seconds remaining in the first half was all the scoring the Terrapins needed to snap a 3-game losing stream and put a W in the book.

Maryland thoroughly dominated the pitch in the first half, spending most of their time deep within the Hurricane defensive zone. The Terps mustered 15 shots in the first half, second only to their 10-0 romp over Mount St. Mary's back on September 21. Maryland also out-cornered the visiting Hurricanes 2-0 in the first half.

Miami challenged the Terps in the second half and regained their offensive footing in the closing 45. Lauren Singer and Ashlee Burt were credited with the 2 lone shots on goal by starters against Terrapin goalkeeper #0 Mary Casey. Substitue #6 Beverly Goebel also stepped up in the second half and took a shot.

Senior defender and team leader #5 Aimee Bresani had to leave the game towards the end of the first half after suffering an injury on a corner kick. A collision between Bresani and a Miami defender left Bresani bloodied and shaken, requiring the assistance of both Maryland team trainers. Her departure from the field certainly fired up the already aggressive Terrapins and the ball remained solidly in attack mode for Maryland for the remainder of the half.

Terrapin goalkeeper Mary Casey was there when the Terps needed her to protect the 1-0 advantage late in the second half. In the closing 2 minutes of play a Miami attacker forwarded the ball to Beverly Goebel inside the 18-yard box. Casey came out to challenge as Goebel blasted a shot and came up with a diving deflection. Backfielder #19 Amanda Caplan instinctively drew up the ball and cleared it out, thus dousing the flame Miami sparked in the closing minutes of regulation.

With their win over Miami the Terps recorded their first ACC victory of the season. Maryland has played arguably the toughest conference schedule so far for ACC teams, and have faced No. 14 ranked Wake Forest, No. 3 ranked North Carolina, and No. 11 ranked Florida State. The 1-0 OT loss to the Seminoles and the 2-0 road loss to the Demon Deacons were hard fought battles where the Terps were edged out in the end. Their well-played win over the Hurricanes offers the Terps some confidence to build on as they await the arrival of the Duke Blue Devils next weekend on Saturday. The game will be played at Ludwig Field at 1pm.