Sept. 16, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Hayley Brock scored two goals and Becky Kaplan added a goal and an assist to lead the University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Clemson Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
The victory raises the Terps' record to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play. This marks the first time since 1997, and just the second time in program history, that Maryland has started 2-0-0 in ACC play. The Tigers fall to 5-3-2 overall and 0-2-0 in the ACC.
"I'm pleased with today's performance," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "We received quality efforts from a lot of players this afternoon. Sunday games have not always been the most positive for our group this year. It was clear early on that our girls were going to change our fortune.
"It's difficult to get wins in our league and to be able to win our first two games is a great way to start the ACC season. I know our road only gets tougher from this point. However, the momentum from this weekend will be great going into our game against Duke."
It didn't take long for the Terrapins to get on the scoreboard as Kaplan gave Maryland a 1-0 lead with her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the sixth minute of play. Senior Olivia Wagner started the play by intercepting an errant Tiger pass near the middle of the field. She took a couple of touches before playing the ball forward to Kaplan, who made a quick turn and ran past three Tiger defenders before finishing into the left side of the goal.
Sophomore Cory Ryan had an opportunity in the 14th minute, but her shot went just over the upper right corner of the goal. She also picked off a poor clearing pass by Clemson and dribbled unchallenged to the top center of the 18-yard box before taking her shot.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the 19th minute when a give-and-go between senior Danielle Hubka and freshman Ashley Spivey ended with Hubka scoring her first goal of the season on a nice volley from the right side of the box into the left side of the goal.
Maryland had a couple of quality chances before halftime, but neither found the back of the net.
Sophomore Shade Pratt created some space down the right side of the field and got past a pair of Tiger defenders before playing a cross into the box for Brock, who got on the end of it, but her one-timer went over the crossbar in the 22nd minute.
Kaplan sent a nice low cross to the near post from the left side of the goal, but Brock's sliding effort went wide of its mark in the 30th minute.
The game remained a 2-0 contest until the 74th minute when Brock finally broke through with her first of the game, but it looked like she had scored a couple of minutes earlier. Ryan played the ball down the right side for Pratt, who crossed it into the box for Brock. The junior from Acton, Mass., placed her shot into the right side of the goal, but the assistant referee raised his flag for the offside call.
Undeterred by the bad luck, Brock simply repeated the play with two different helpers. This time is was freshman Sarah Molina playing the ball to Kaplan, who took the ball down the right side and crossed it into the box for Brock who finished again into the right side of the goal to make it a 3-0 game.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the 75th minute when a Maryland foul gave Savannah Coiner a free kick from 35 yards out and Coiner's effort was sensational, bending into the upper right 90.
But Maryland made sure to stifle any momentum Clemson hoped to build from that goal by upping the lead back to three goals in the 76th minute. A Tiger foul gave the Terps a free kick from 40 yards out on the left side of the box. Wagner played the ball into the box and Clemson keeper Hunter Rittgers punched it in the air. Freshman Gabby Galanti got to the ball and flicked a header back to Wagner, who volleyed the ball back into the box. A great effort by Brock got her some space in between a pair of Tiger defenders and she was able to redirect the volley with a header into the right side of the goal.
Redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands was never seriously challenged in the run of play by the Tigers, but finished with a career-high seven saves.
Maryland returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 20, when it travels to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 2 Duke at at 7 p.m. The Terps will conclude their two-game swing down Tobacco Road with a match at No. 14 Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.