Sept. 23, 2012
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - Junior Hayley Brock and senior Becky Kaplan did it again, each scoring a goal to lead the No. 17 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at No. 15 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon at Spry Stadium.
For Kaplan, the goal is her team-leading ninth of the year and her fifth game-winner of the season. Brock now has six goals on the season and the goal vs. the Demon Deacons is her fifth in four ACC matches.
The victory ups the Terrapins overall record to 7-2-2 and their ACC mark to a conference-best 3-0-1, which puts Maryland atop the ACC standings with 10 points. The Demon Deacons fall to 8-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 in ACC play.
"This is a great result for our group," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "Wake is a phenomenal team and there's no question why they made the College Cup last year. However, our girls were fantastic in their preparation, they were fantastic in their execution, and they earned a fantastic result on the road.
"We are playing anywhere between seven and nine freshmen along with two sophomores a game and we've been forced to grow up fast. I have to credit our leadership group and how great they've been in leading this young team. It's impossible to be good without great team leadership and our leadership has been terrific so far."
"We haven't arrived yet by any means," said Morgan, "but we are certainly becoming a better team each time we step foot on the field."
The match was slow starting for both squads, but that all changed in the 11th minute. Brock took an initial shot that was blocked by the Wake Forest defense, but the Demon Deacons poorly handled the rebound and the ball got back to Brock, who put the ball into the upper left 90 to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
It looked like the lead had a chance to grow in the 18th minute. Brock slipped the ball through the Wake back line and Kaplan seemed to time her run perfectly, but the sideline official raised the flag for the offside wiping out the 1v1 opportunity.
Wake Forest had an open-net chance in the 29th minute when redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands came off her line to challenge a ball played into the box. Jessica Mandarich's initial shot was blocked in front of Beanlands, but the rebound went right back to Mandarich. She got off a shot toward the left post, but sophomore Shade Pratt was right there to kick the ball away.
Wake Forest tried to get the equalizer in the second half, putting more numbers forward. That came back to bite them in the 69th minute. A corner kick by Katie Stengel went the other way off of a big header by a Terp defender to clear the ball out of the box.
Junior Alex Reed challenged the Demon Deacon defender on the ball after the clearance and forced the turnover. Reed showed a lot of patience to hold the ball and wait for Brock to join her on the counter attack. Brock accepted the pass and played it almost immediately on to Kaplan, who made a long run down the left side. Kaplan received the ball with only Wake Forest keeper Aubrey Bledsoe in front of her and Kaplan calmly finished the ball into the left side of the net and a 2-0 Terrapin lead.
The Demon Deacons threw everything they had at the Terps and finally broke through in the 85th minute when Kim Marshall scored off of a feed from Katie Stengel to trim the Maryland lead to 2-1.
Maryland's defense held strong for the remaining five minutes. Wake Forest had one final chance as a Terrapin foul gave Stengel a free kick in the 88th minute, but her effort sailed over the crossbar.
Beanlands finished the game with two saves for the Terps, while Bledsoe ended the match with one stop for the Demon Deacons.
Maryland returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 27 when the Terps host No. 5 Virginia at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.