Nov. 3, 2010
CARY, N.C. - Senior Molly Dreska's goal in the 71st minute lifted the No. 2-seeded University of Maryland women's soccer team to a hard-fought 1-0 win over No. 7 seed Duke Wednesday night at the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.
The victory is the Terps' first in the ACC Tournament since 2003 and gives them a 16-2-1 overall record. Duke falls to 10-7-3 on the year with the loss.
Maryland pulled off the victory despite being out-shot by the Blue Devils 18-7. Head coach Brian Pensky was proud of the effort his Terps gave against a rested Duke team.
"This is a testament to the will of this team," said Pensky. "Duke came into tonight's game rested, having had off on Sunday, while we were a little fatigued after a battling Florida State and Miami last week. But, this is a very resilient, scrappy team. Our backline was tremendous and our defensive effort was outstanding. Offensively, we pressured Duke well, but couldn't really get quality shots on goal. Having said that, we found a way to get the goal with a terrific long ball by Colleen and Sade showing great composure and patience to get the cross over to Molly, who then finished with a great strike."
The Blue Devils looked rested in the first half and pressured the Terps from the opening whistle. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun proved up to the challenge however and made three of her four saves in the first half.
The second half saw the Terps have two good chances on set pieces following Duke fouls. The first ended without a shot, but the second was an opportunity from just outside the Blue Devil 18 similar to the opportunity senior Colleen Deegan scored on against Miami three days earlier. It was Deegan again taking the free kick and she blistered a shot left of the Duke wall, but it didn't make it far enough toward the post and Blue Devil keeper Tara Campbell was able to make a diving stop to keep the game scoreless in the 63rd minute.
The game's lone goal came in the 71st minute and began with a nice long ball played in from the back by Deegan, who sent it toward the left corner of the Duke 18. Junior Sade Ayinde used her size and leverage to protect the ball from a Blue Devil defender long enough for the Terps to move forward into the box. Ayinde then crossed the ball to the top of the 18 where Dreska touched it forward a yard and laced a shot into the upper right 90 for the 1-0 Maryland lead.
The Blue Devils refused to go quietly however and substituted extra offensive players, trying desperately to get the game-tying goal as the clock ticked down. But Maryland's defense proved up to the challenge and did not allow a shot on goal over the final 19 minutes of the match.
"I'm proud of the effort we showed tonight," said Pensky. "This tournament is a grind with eight of the best soccer teams in the country. We're going to enjoy this tonight, because we know we beat a heck of a soccer team. But, we also know that we need to prepare for another battle on Friday."
Maryland advances to play No. 6 seed Boston College, which upset No. 3 seed Virginia, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Koka Booth Stadium at the WakeMed Soccer Park.
Sade Ayinde's assist gives her 38 points for her career, moving her into sole possession of 17th on the all-time points list.
Ayinde's assist was the 16th of her career, giving her sole possession of ninth on the all-time assists list.
Molly Dreska's goal was the fourth game-winning goal of her career, moving her into a five-way tie for 18th on the school's all-time list.
Yewande Balogun earned her ninth career shutout, moving her into eighth on the all-time shutouts list.