Terps Take 2 and Knot 2 In Spring Showing
Terrapin veteran leader Nataly Arias and Penn midfieler Natalie Capuano pursue a ball during Marylands 0-0 tie with Penn at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on April 12, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland women's soccer team wrapped up their spring season with a matchup at Ludwig Field against the Penn Quakers on Saturday.  The Terps played well in previous spring contests against local challengers George Washington and Georgetown with 2-1 victories that played out on the familiar Terrapin turf.

Nataly Arias continued to show her veteran leadership with early goals in the match against the Colonials and played several key minutes in the bid against the Hoyas.  Annesia Faulkner was also effective on the pitch, pressuring the Colonial keeper as well as taking several shots against the Penn defenders.

After taking two at home the Terps traveled north to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  After 90 minutes of regulation the Terps were unable to find the back of the net.  A 0-0 tie sent the Terps home to Ludwig unfulfilled and seeking to regroup against Penn.

Saturday's matchup against Penn was a well played game of back-and-forth possessions that unfolded at midfield.  Both teams played exceptional defense and stormed the keeper with scoring opportunities.  Keepers for Maryland and Penn played well (as did the defenders), and both teams were forced to walk away with a 0-0 tie despite several scoring opportunities.

Quaker sophomore midfielder Jess Rothenheber had the first scoring opportunity with 13:07 remaining in the first period when she found herself 15 feet out from Terrapin keeper Yewande Balogun.  Unguarded she fired a shot from the left hand  towards the right post that curved dangerously close and low. The shot slipped wide and the game remained tied at 0 a piece.

2 minutes later Freshman Marisa Schoen attacked the goal with a shot after drawing Balogun out of the zone.  Her shot from beyond the second line forced Balogun to dive but she failed to capture the ball. Schoen's shot flew wide towards the upper right post.

Terrapin junior forward Kaila Sciascia nearly scored at the very end of the first period on a fast break up the right hand side of the field.  Her booming shot forced keeper Gina Winters to dive for the save.  Winters came up with the grab to preserve the stalemate.

The even-handed match continued with both teams attempting to win the midfield game through the second and third periods.  At the end of the third Terrapin junior forward Kaila Sciascia rushed the goal from the right.  She shot from 20 yards out towards the upper left corner and forced replacement keeper Sara Rose to dive to redirect the ball.  The redirection broke left and into the feet of Caitlin McDowell who dribbled and took a shot.  Rose scooped up the stickback and sent the Terrapin attackers back to midfield unfulfilled.

With their spring schedule wrapped up the Terps enjoy a hearty 4 months of practice time before beginning the Fall 2008 regular season. The 2008 season begins in late August and features 11 new recruits from 6 different states that now wear the Terrapin colors.