Oct. 16, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you and that's what happened in the No. 10 University of Maryland's 2-1 loss at Miami Sunday afternoon.
After winning 3-0 on Thursday on just three shots on goal at No. 11 Florida State, the Terrapins (9-3-4, 3-3-2 ACC) were on the other end of things vs. the Hurricanes as Miami managed to get only two shots on Maryland's goal, but both found the back of the net.
"This one hurts," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "I think we're all still in a bit of shock that we lost this game. Our soccer was very good I thought in the first half, and we felt we were unlucky to not be ahead. Credit to Miami though, they competed very, very hard, and if you don't get, and maintain, a rhythm against them, they're difficult to play. We had that rhythm in the first half, but struggled to find that same quality in the second half.
"This is extremely frustrating, walking out of here with a loss - this is the type of game we needed to, and should have, won. We just didn't get it done. We're very disappointed right now."
The Terrapins got things off to a quick start in the 17th minute of play when junior Olivia Wagner made the Hurricanes pay for fouling a Maryland player near the Miami 18-yard box. Wagner blasted a low shot through the wall to pick up her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
But, the Hurricanes would not go without a fight and got some home-field good fortune to tie the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute. Kim Hutchinson's shot was deflected by a Maryland defender, but the rebound went right to Kate Howarth and she quickly finished the ball into the left side of the Terrapin goal.
The second half saw a brief lightning delay, but when play resumed Miami took advantage of a corner kick opportunity to net the game-deciding goal. Tara Schwitter served the corner into the Maryland box and Howarth got on the end of it and headed it past Terrapin goalkeeper Yewande Balogun in the 62nd minute.
The Terrapins are off until next Sunday when they will play at No.3 Duke at Koskinen Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.