Oct. 29, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 8 University of Maryland women's soccer team's home unbeaten streak of nine matches, dating back to last season, came to an end Thursday night at Ludwig Field with a 3-1 loss to No. 11 Wake Forest.
Maryland, who had held the ACC's longest unbeaten streak at six games, drops to 12-3-2 on the season and 4-3-2 in conference play. Wake Forest improves to 13-3-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the ACC.
"This loss hurts," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We knew that there was a lot on the line tonight. Having said that, I thought we played quite well. Unfortunately we gave away an early goal, which changed the complexion of the game. But on the whole we created enough chances to put ourselves in position to win the game. To win games in this league you can't give up three goals and our kids know that, will learn from it and get better."
That early goal for the Demon Deacons came in the third minute of play when Kaley Fountain played a ball from the left side toward the middle of the field. Jill Hutchinson got to the ball ahead of Maryland goalkeeper Mary Casey, who had come out to try to cut off the play, and chipped it over Casey for the 1-0 Wake Forest lead.
The Terrapins had chances to tie the match throughout the first half, but were denied by Wake Forest goalkeeper Amanda Barasha. Twice sophomore Olivia Wagner, who made a run to the middle of the Wake Forest 18. Hubka looked to have a shot at an open net, but Barasha recovered and made a sliding save, denying Maryland again.
The game, which was played at a frenetic pace for much of the 90 minutes, remained a 1-0 game until the final minute of the first half. This time Wake took advantage of a Maryland foul which created a scoring opportunity near midfield. Fountain sent the free kick into the Terrapin 18 where Caitlin Farrell got on the end of it and headed the ball into the far right side of the Terps goal to give the Deacs a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
As they've done all season, the Terrapins came out halftime looking to score and looked to have their first goal in the 51st minute. Hubka deflected a pass on the Wake Forest side of the field and was all alone with the ball on the right side of the field. She made a terrific move to get Barasha out of position, but her shot, aimed low to the far post, skidded just wide of the left post.
Maryland finally did break through in the 75th minute, pulling to within a goal. Freshman Olivia Wagner started the play by sending a seemingly routine pass from the left side of the midfield to the right side for sophomore Ashley Grove. The ball was placed just far enough to entice Barasha off her line to try to intercept, but it got through to Grove, who finished it into the left side of the Wake Forest goal from 15 yards out.
The Terrapins franticly tried to get the equalizer, but in the 86th minute it was the Demon Deacons who scored to put the game out of reach. This time it was Fountain who finished the cross from Kristen Meier.
Maryland, which has already clinched a spot in next week's ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C., will conclude its 2009 regular season on Sunday against No. 4 North Carolina at 1 p.m. Seniors Mary Casey, Brittany Cummins, Maureen Dowling and Megan Watson will be recognized prior to the start of the game.