Oct. 30, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 16 University of Maryland women's soccer team lost, 2-0, to No. 5 Virginia Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at Klockner Stadium.
The Terrapins now have an overall record of 10-5-4 on the season, while the Cavaliers improved to 14-3-2.
"I'm proud of our effort today, just as we are all disappointed and frustrated by the result," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "This was our third game against top five RPI teams in the past eight days. I don't care how good a team is that is difficult and as a result, fatigue played a part today. Our will and our hearts and our minds were going for it today; we just didn't have the bounce.
"We'll use the next two weeks to recover, get fresh and get sharp for the NCAA tournament. But, it still stings that we're not going to Cary next weekend."
Maryland pushed possession early, but it was the Wahoos who got off to a fast start with Caroline Miller getting off a solid header in the fourth minute, but senior keeper Yewande Balogun made a big save to keep the match scoreless.
The Terrapins' best opportunity of the first half came in the 18th minute when some crisp passing gave senior Ashley Grove a clean look from the left side of the Virginia 18-yard box, but her shot was stopped by Virginia keeper Chantel Jones.
Virginia got on the board in the 29th minute when Amanda Fancher crossed the ball clear across the field to the left corner of the Maryland 18 where Molly Menchel one-timed it into the upper left 90 with a solid strike that gave Balogun no chance at a save.
The goal energized the Cavaliers, but Maryland continued to play solid defense and looked for a counter opportunity.
But it was the Wahoos that nearly cashed in on a counter-attack in the 34th minute, but the goal by Gloria Douglas was taken off the board due to an offsides call.
With the clock winding down in the first half junior Domenica Hodak made three tremendous plays that kept the Terps to within a goal at the half.
First, she showed speed and quickness racing down a Virginia player from behind and poking the ball forward to stop a breakaway opportunity.
That resulted in a Virginia corner kick and a shot by Olivia Brannon looked to make it 2-0 for the Cavaliers, but Hodak was there on the left post to knock the ball away.
But, it didn't clear the area and Amber Fry was able to get off another solid strike toward the left corner, but once again Hodak was there to make the team save.
The two teams traded chances in the second half, but two offside calls wiped away quality opportunities for the Terrapins.
Virginia was able to tack on the insurance goal in the 83rd minute when Douglas finished from 15-yards out inside the left side of the Maryland box into the upper right 90.
The Terrapins will now have to wait until the NCAA tournament selection show on Monday, Nov. 7, to learn if it earns an at-large bid into the tournament.