Sept. 22, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Two unlucky bounces were the difference in the No. 9 University of Maryland women's soccer team's 2-1 overtime loss to No. 6 Boston College Thursday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins (7-2-2/1-2-0 ACC) clung to a 1-0 lead as the clock wound down in the second half, but an own goal on a ball that bounced off of a Maryland defender tied the match in the 88th minute. The Eagles (7-0-2/2-0-0 ACC) would win the match in the 98th minute on another unlikely bounce.
"This one is a little tough to swallow," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We thought for much of the game we did all the right things and thought we were in position to win the game. We got a good goal from Hayley (Brock) in the first half and we felt like we really slowed their offense down in the second half.
"We all know that sometimes things just happen and that was the case in the game-tying goal. But our team should be proud of its perseverance, effort and concentration. We have nothing to hang out heads about tonight."
Late in the eighth minute, an offside call on Maryland gave the Eagles a free kick that went over the Terrapin defense and in to the hands of senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun. She then punted the ball over the BC back line, where sophomore forward Hayley Brock ran onto it, got past her defender, and finished it into the lower right corner to give Maryland the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
Maryland nearly added onto its lead in the 69th minute when sophomore midfielder Kristen Schmidtbauer got on the end of a service by senior forward Sade Ayinde inside the 18-yard mark, but Schmidbauer's header just barely went over the crossbar.
The Eagles had a chance to tie the game on a shot by Victoria DiMartino in the 77th minute, but the ball ricocheted off the left post preserving the 1-0 Terrapin lead.
However, that lead would not stand as BC's Kristen Mewes sent a long ball from the left side into the Maryland box where it bounced off of a Terrapin defender and over Balogun, tying the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute.
The game-winner came in the 98th minute and was another unfortunate bounce that cost the Terps. A foul just outside the midfield stripe gave the Eagles' Casey Morrison a free kick and she sent a long ball into the 18-yard box. The ball took a big bounce over several players inside the six, where DiMartino was able to touch it into the Maryland goal for the victory.
Maryland finishes its three-game ACC home stand with NC State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field.