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D.C. United Women Defeat Maryland
Former Terrapin Sarah Sample notches winner in exhibition

D.C. United Women News Release -- www.dcunitedwomen.com

Monday, April 23, 2012

BOYDS, Md. - D.C. United Women downed the University of Maryland on Saturday night 1-0 in the marquee match of the inaugural Headers For Hope charity soccer tournament, held at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. to benefit the Holy Cross Hospital and Cancer Center.
 
United Women were on the front foot early in the game, but for several stretches of the first half, Maryland repeatedly used their speed to get down the flanks. United dealt with the pressure, however, and never really gave up a close chance, other than a near own goal that ricocheted off the crossbar late in the half.

"We wanted to get an early game in this year for lots of reasons," said team owner Bill Lynch from the press box during the match. "But the ability to do so in our home stadium as a guest of such a great event was icing on the cake. We’re happy to do what we can to help Louise."

D.C. came closest to scoring when Tiffany Brown’s heel flick nearly found the side netting as a deflected corner fell to her on the six-yard line. D.C. United Women again had a chance when local under-17 club player Alex Myers hit the cross bar from over 30 yards out.

Hard rain fell for most of the first half driving nearly half of the estimated 300 fans for cover, but those who stayed for the second 40 minutes witnessed a better-organized side, thanks to a formation adjustment by second-year head coach Mike Jorden. D.C. did better at neutralizing Maryland’s danger points and unveiled their own spirited attack with the help of improved possession.

With several high school players, including U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team player Andi Sullivan, seeing good minutes and staying involved, it was a pair of more experienced players who notched the night’s only goal in the 60th minute when Caitlin Miskel’s corner kick was nudged in at the far post by former Maryland Terp Sarah Sample.

While both teams had good chances to notch goals, when the final whistle blew on a wet night for a great cause, the stats column showed the W-League side deserved the spoils. D.C. United Women outshot Maryland 19-6 also posting seven more corners (8-1).

Founded by local soccer executive Louise Waxler, "Headers" collected donations during the long run-up to the April 21 event, as well as charging just $10 per fan to watch a total of seven games.

Among the teams involved in the tournament: William & Mary, Navy, Loyola (Md.), Villanova, amateur side Maryland Capitols and a new team known as Women’s Professional SUPERGROUP. All played earlier in the day on the surrounding fields, complete with painted pink field lines.

Although Maryland’s players return to school for upcoming class finals some may then make their way to United’s planned early-May tryouts for college players and find themselves wearing the same black-and-red uniforms they battled on Saturday.

For D.C., who played this game with only five officially signed players to date; the new season is just beginning. D.C. United Women will hold tryouts and training sessions over the coming weeks with an eye on the upcoming season.

The team will have one more major game before the season begins, a stiff test against former WPS side Boston Breakers, who visit the SoccerPlex on May 12 in a preseason exhibition. With a full compliment of professional players such as Cat Whitehill and Leslie Osborne in tow the Boston Breakers will offer a taste of what’s in store for the 2012 W-League season. Kickoff is 6 p.m. 
 
Tickets and tryout information available at www.dcunitedwomen.com
 

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