Sept. 25, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 9 University of Maryland women's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie against NC State Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (7-2-3/1-2-1 ACC) finished with a 17-15 shot advantage over the Wolfpack (8-3-1/0-2-1 ACC) and an 11-2 lead in corner kicks.
The first half was evenly contested with the Terrapins holding a two-shot advantage.
The second half saw Maryland take control for much of the half, but still could not find the net. Maryland's best opportunity came in the 54th minute when junior Danielle Hubka played a ball through the right alley to sophomore Hayley Brock. Brock then punched the ball into the six-yard box where senior Amy O'Sullivan got on the end of it, but her header deflected off of the crossbar, keeping the game scoreless.
The crossbar came back to help Maryland in the 75th minute when the Wolfpack's Shelli Spamer took a free kick from 28 yards out. Her shot got over the Terrapin wall, but rebounded off of the crossbar to keep the score 0-0.
State's Tanya Cain had the first opportunity of the overtime period with a 1-v-1 with Maryland senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun, but Balogun smartly came off of her line to cut down the angle and make the sliding save in the 92nd minute.
The match marked the sixth full shutout of the season for Balogun and the eighth overall for the Maryland team. The Terrapin back line was solid all afternoon despite playing without senior Mallory Baker. Senior Kristen McAfee made her second career start, but she too left the game due to injury just 43 minutes into the match. Junior Bailey Bodell proved to be up to the challenge, playing the final 67 minutes alongside seniors Skyy Anderson and Lydia Hastings and junior Megan Gibbons.
"We're in the midst of a stretch in which we have not been in during the last two seasons," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "And with that, we're being tested in terms of our fortitude and our ability to bounce back from tough results. Strong teams with strong leadership are able to find ways to do just that. We have every bit of faith in each other that we can get things corrected and get back on track."
The Terps hit the road for its next ACC match, traveling to Clemson, S.C., to take on the Clemson Tigers on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at Riggs Field.