Nov. 4, 2009
CARY, N.C. - The 13th-ranked University of Maryland women's soccer team fell to No. 4 North Carolina, 3-0, Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.
The Terrapins are now 12-5-2 on the season, while UNC moves to 15-3-1.
In the 15th minute the Tar Heels took the 1-0 lead on a Tobin Heath goal off an assist from Casey Nogueira.
The Terps played Carolina tough through the remainder of the first half and looked to get the game-tying goal. But as Maryland tried to press forward UNC countered and took a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.
Carolina's Maria Lubrano was one-on-one with Maryland keeper Mary Casey, but Lubrano's shot hit off the right post and spun back toward the middle of the Terrapin six-yard box. The ball bounced off a couple of Terps and finally hit off of sophomore Mallory Baker and into the Maryland net for an own goal.
Casey was solid in goal for the Terps, making five saves, including several point-blank stops to keep Maryland in the game.
The Tar Heels got their final score in the 83rd minute when Jessica McDonald sent a cross from the far right corner and Lucy Bronze's header deflected off Casey's hands into the right side of the net.
Maryland will now have to wait to find out if it's selected to the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Terps were 20th in the final regular season RPI and look to be on solid ground to make their first tournament appearance since 2004. The bracket will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. live on ESPNNews.