COLLEGE PARK, MD - Francis Marion University junior midfielder Yasmin Bunter scored on a free kick in the second half as the Patriots put up a gallant effort but fell 5-1 to ninth-ranked University of Maryland, Wednesday night (Oct. 3) in women's soccer action.
Francis Marion drops to 5-6-1 and will continue its long roadtrip as the Patriots will face Cleveland State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. FMU drops to 0-4-0 all-time against nationally ranked Division I opponents, but Bunter's tally was the first-ever for the Patriots in such a match.
Bunter's score came with 7:59 remaining in the match and was the ending to a sequence that began with a free kick from 35 yards out for FMU. Freshman midfielder Arianna Pierner was credited with the assist.
Maryland outshot the Patriots 23-3 and took all of the match's eight corner kicks. FMU freshman goalkeeper Taylor O'Berry played well against the vaunted Terrapin offense and finished with eight saves.
Bunter also had a shot on goal in the 63rd minute forcing a save by the Maryland keeper. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Asare had the other FMU shot. It came in the 81st minute and was wide of the target.
Ashley Spivey gave Maryland a 1-0 lead with a score in the seventh minute. Junior forward Hayley Brock, a two-time ACC Player of the Week selection this season, followed with a pair of goals to give the Terps a 3-0 lead at halftime.
#9 Maryland (9-3-2) def. Francis Marion Univ. (5-6-1) 5-1
Date: Oct 03, 2012 Attendance: 783
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Francis Marion Univ. 0 1 - 1
Maryland............ 3 2 - 5
1-0. 6:06 MD Ashley Spivey (3) (Gabby Galanti) - Deflection off 17 right to 8 on left side, ripped into right side
2-0. 14:42 MD Hayley Brock (7) (Shannon Collins) - turn and shoot from inside the 6
3-0. 22:06 MD Hayley Brock (8) (Cory Ryan) - header into left off long cross from right side
4-0. 52:00 MD Maisie McCune (1) (Kristen Schmidbauer) - header off of corner
5-0. 66:28 MD Erika Joab (1) (Kristen Schmidbauer;Gabby Galanti) - blast from 30 to right side of net
5-1. 82:01 FMU Yasmin Bunter (5) (Arianna Pierner) - off free kick from 35
Shots: Francis Marion Univ. 3, Maryland 23 ; Saves: Francis Marion Univ. 8 (Taylor O'Berry 8), Maryland 1 (Shannon Zickler 1)