Sept. 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Each week during the 2012-13 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is women's soccer junior Hayley Brock, who scored the game-winning goal in Maryland's historic win over North Carolina on Sept. 13 and then added a pair of goals in the Terps' 4-1 win over Clemson on Sept. 16.
By Megan Galvin | Maryland Media Relations Student Assistant
Brock Continues Fight to Victory
In a hard-fought battle, the Maryland women's soccer team defeated No. 6 North Carolina thanks in part to junior Hayley Brock. Although she was not the only player to contribute to the win, Brock tallied the game-winning goal to push the Terps past the Tar Heels on Sept. 13.
Brock fought hard vs. Carolina to make her mark on the scoreboard. She came away from the game with three shots, but it only took one to put the game away and give the Terps the win.
The first shot came in the 10th minute when senior Olivia Wagner gave Brock her first chance at a goal, but she was unable to put it in the net.
Then, in the 23rd minute, Brock received the ball off a header from freshman Ashley Spivey and sprinted down the right alley. Her efforts were halted though, after her shot went just left of the goal.
Brock was determined to not give up; however, and her drive to score was answered in the 55th minute. After senior Becky Kaplan passed the UNC defenders, she played a low, hard cross across the Tar Heel goal where Brock was ready to hammer it into the net from six-yards out.
The victory was the third straight for the Terps against the Tar Heels, making it the first-time ever UNC lost three consecutive games to the same opponent in three successive seasons.
"After how well we played against UNC, I know we can run with any team as long as we play to our potential," Brock said. "I don't think any goal is too high for this season."
This is Brock's second year with the team after she transferred prior to her sophomore year after playing for Penn State as a freshman in 2010.
"I wanted to transfer to Maryland because of the coaching staff and the players," Brock said. "Maryland soccer was an awesome team and I wanted to be part of it."
She is making her mark on the young team. After going through a tough offensive stretch early in the season, the team has seemingly broken the trend.
"I don't think any one person personally changed it, but I do think that we just needed to find the right line up and positions for everyone," Brock explains. "I have so much fun playing up top with Kaplan and [Danielle] Hubka sitting behind me."
The goal against UNC isn't Brock's first time scoring a goal against the Tar Heels, however. Last year, she scored as well.
"I think that I definitely get really hyped when we have a night game against one of the best teams in the country," Brock explained on her repeated success.
With the hype from the UNC game, Brock was able to contribute to the victory over Clemson and has the potential to affect the upcoming Duke game. In the Clemson game, Brock scored two goals to give the Terps the win.
"It's difficult to get wins in our league and to be able to win our first two games is a great way to start the ACC season," head coach Jonathan Morgan said. "I know our road only gets tougher from this point. However, the momentum from this weekend will be great going into our game against Duke."
Brock will undoubtedly try her best to mimic her successes in the UNC and Clemson games to help her team be the best it can be.
"My favorite thing about the team this year is that no one expects anything from us," Brock said. "Despite the doubt, no one cares because we all believe in each other and we go out on the field and kill it."