Oct. 28, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Senior Danielle Hubka scored in the fifth minute of the first overtime to send the No. 2-seeded University of Maryland women's soccer team into the ACC tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory over No. 7 seed Miami Sunday morning at Ludwig Field.
The win ups the Terps' overall record to 12-5-1, while the Hurricanes fall to 9-7-3.
The game-winning goal was setup when sophomore Cory Ryan stole the ball from the Hurricane's Ali Brennan in Miami's defensive third of the field. Ryan then made a hard break to the end line and patiently waited for help. That help came in the form of Hubka, who raced into the 18-yard box and finished a perfectly played centering ball from Ryan with a hard shot into the top half of the Miami goal.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of the game, taking advantage of another Miami defensive miscue. Freshman Gabby Galanti played the ball from the right side to the center of the field outside the Miami's 18. A Hurricane defender tried to get on the end of the service, but couldn't quite manage to get more than a flick on the ball, but instead of being able to flick the ball away from danger the ball moved on to the center of the field where junior Alex Reed was waiting. With no one but the Miami keeper to beat, Reed patiently setup her shot and when Miami's Emily Lillard committed, Reed sent a perfect shot into the left side of the goal from 12 yards out.
The Hurricanes pulled even on a penalty kick by Tara Schwitter in the 73rd minute. The referee awarded the penalty kick when sophomore Shade Pratt got tied up with a Hurricane player near the end line to the left of the Maryland goal. Schwitter finished the penalty kick attempt into the top left side of the net to make it a 1-1 game.
Maryland had a quality chance to pull ahead just minutes later when a Miami foul game the Terps a free kick from roughly 27 yards out right of center. Senior Olivia Wagner had great pace on her shot as she bent it around the Hurricane wall, but Lillard reacted just in time to make a diving save.
Miami had an early corner kick opportunity in the overtime period, but could not create a shot.
"Miami is a really hot team right now and this game was a battle from beginning to end," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "We put together a really good performance today. Our possession was good, we created some good scoring opportunities, and we defended well as a team. That's a pretty good formula for winning. "We continue to have new players step up and make contributions for the team. Today it was Alex Reed, Cory Ryan, and Danielle Hubka. I'm really happy for all three of those kids and proud of the team on a whole." "We'll now put our energy towards preparing for our semifinal," added Morgan.
Maryland will face No. 3 seed Wake Forest, which defeated No. 6 seed Duke 1-0 in overtime, in the second semifinal on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
No. 1 seed Florida State topped No. 8 seed Boston College, 4-0, while No. 5 seed Virginia upset No. 4 seed North Carolina, 1-0, in the other quarterfinal matches. The Seminoles and Cavaliers will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.
Both ACC semifinal matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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