Aug. 22, 2010
College Park, Md.-The Tigers kicked off their first official game of the season against the No. 16-ranked Maryland Terrapins. Missouri jumped on board early with a goal by freshman Dominique Richardson. The Terps responded with three goals of their own before senior Alysha Bonnick brought the game within striking distance for the Tigers with a goal in the 77th minute. Late pressure by MU wasn't enough as the Terrapins begin their season at 2-0-0.
"I was really proud of our girls because when we went down 3-1 after getting on the board first, they responded with great pressure and a goal," head coach Bryan Blitz said. "We showed some great stuff today especially with the goal by freshman Dominque Richardson."
The game-winning goal came in the 70th minute when Maryland's Ashley Grove slipped it past the charging Tiger goalkeeper, Jessica Gwin, and touched it in to make the score 3-1.
Senior captain Alysha Bonnick scored unassisted with 13 minutes left to play but the Terps managed the clock well in the closing minutes.
The Tigers nearly conceded early in the fourth minute when a ball squirted through the defense and on to Terrapin forward Jasmyne Spencer. Gwin came off her line to block and hold a close-range shot from Spencer.
MU got on the board first in sixth minute when Richardson fired from the right flank. Richardson, who had just missed on two long attempts in the 30 minutes of play against Belmont, catapulted a shot over the Terp keeper from 25 yards out.
"I looked up and saw it was going in and I kind of got the chills," said Richardson. "It's my first college goal so that's pretty special for me."
The second best chance of the first half for the Tigers came in the 35th minute when senior captain Krista Kruse
out jumped a Terp midfielder to set up sophomore forward Sarah Thune
just outside the top of the box. She turned and fired a shot off the crossbar, nearly careening over the goal line before being cleared.
The Terps tied the game in the 36th minute off a set piece corner. Olivia Wagner, who had already played two dangerous corners against the Tigers, bent a ball to the far post where junior forward Sade Ayinde headed it past the diving Gwin.
In the 49th minute, Mallory Stepitich took down Ayinde in the box. Gwin made a diving save on the penalty kick to keep the game tied. But seconds later, Amy O'Sullivan fired a shot into the top corner off of a cross to the top of the box to put the Terps up 2-1.
The Tigers will hit the practice pitch this week in preparation for the North Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. Missouri will take on Duke and No. 1-ranked North Carolina.