Oct. 21, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 4/6 University of Maryland women's soccer team mounted a furious comeback but fell short in a 2-1 loss at Wake Forest Thursday night.
The Terps dominated play, out-shooting the Demon Deacons 12-6, but still fall to 12-2-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in conference play. Wake Forest improves to 11-5-1 on the year and 5-2-1 in the ACC.
Maryland held a 4-1 shot advantage in the first half, but it was the Deacs who took a 1-0 lead into halftime thanks to a goal by Marisa Park in the 33rd minute.
Wake Forest took a 2-0 lead in the 66th minute on Katie Stengel's 14th goal of the season, but the Terps refused to give in and fought to get back in the match.
The Terps cut the lead back to a goal in the 73rd minute on a terrific set piece. Junior Sade Ayinde sent a corner kick to the back post where junior Ashley Grove finished the play with a nice volley.
Maryland got off five quality shots in the remaining time, but could not get the game-tying goal. The Terps had a chance in the waning seconds when a Demon Deacon foul gave Maryland a free kick from roughly 30 yards, but Ayinde's last-second blast deflected off of the Wake Forest wall to end the match.
Terp goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made two stops in the match, while her Demon Deacon counterpart, Aubrey Bledsoe made four saves.
"Wake was efficient with its opportunities tonight, and we were not as sharp as we needed to be" said Maryland coach Brian Pensky. "We're all disappointed, but in this league, there's no time to feel sorry for ourselves; another great challenge is several days away. We'll be ready."
Maryland wraps up its two-game road trip at No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday. The Terps and the Tar Heels are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Fetzer Field.
Ashley Grove's goal gives her 18 for her career, tying her for 10th on the all-time goals list with Jasmyne Spencer, Audra Weber and Mallory Mahar.
Grove's two points gives her 46 for her career, moving her into a tie with Spencer for 11th on the all-time points.
Spencer took one shot vs. the Demon Deacons, giving her 136 for her career. She is just three shots away from moving into ninth on the all-time list.
Sade Ayinde's assist gives her 15 for her career, tying her on the all-time assist list with Leslie Kehrin.