TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Ashley Spivey scored in the 88th minute for the University of Maryland women’s soccer team, which fought to the end at No. 3 Florida State, but the Seminoles, who were coming off of a seven-day rest, were too much for the Terps as they finish a six-day road trip in Florida with a 2-1 loss at the Seminole Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins’ season record is now even at 8-8-0 and are 4-6-0 in conference play. The Seminoles remain undefeated in 2013 and are now 13-0-3 overall and 8-0-2 in the ACC.
“I thought our kids put together a really great performance today,” said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. “We defended well, we possessed the ball well, and we created some very dangerous scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, it's the same story. We haven't done enough to earn the result. We are coming into the final two weeks of our regular season and we've got to find a way to get results. The girls have worked their tails off all season and I'm certain we'll figure it out.”
The first half saw only three total shots for the two teams combined, but the first one for FSU put the ‘Noles on top in the seventh minute as Berglind Thorvaldsdottir scored her seventh of the season.
Sophomore keeper Rachelle Beanlands only had to make one save in the first half, but was terrific for the Terrapins, especially when it came to picking off crosses cleanly to prevent opportunities for the high-powered Seminoles.
The second half saw Florida State up its lead to 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Dagny Brynjarsdottir finished a one-timer inside the six-yard box.
Maryland saw its best chance of the match in the 75th minute when a Florida State foul gave the Terps a free kick from 24 yards out straight away. Senior Kristen Schmidbauer stepped up to the ball and sent a strong right-footed shot around the wall, but the ball sailed just wide of the left post.
The Terrapins continued to press forward to try to trim the Seminole lead and Spivey sent a rocket shot toward the upper right 90 after little give-and-go with sophomore Sarah Fichtner, but Spivey’s effort went over the crossbar in the 82nd minute.
Spivey’s next try wasn’t nearly as powerful, but proved more effective as this one did cut the FSU lead back to a goal. The ball came into the Florida State 18 and took a bounce. Spivey worked to get around an FSU defender, but couldn’t quite get there all the way. She was able to swing her right leg around and flick the ball toward the Seminole net. The shot was perfectly placed and found the upper left corner past the outstretched hands of Florida State keeper Kelsey Wys.
Maryland desperately fought, looking for the equalizer in the final two minutes and earned a corner kick in the 89th minute. Senior Megan Gibbons sent the ball in from the far left corner looking for a header by sophomore Erika Nelson. An FSU defender sent the ball out to sophomore Riley Barger, who played it back to an open Gibbons. She played a final cross toward the back post and Spivey was there, trying to get on the end of it, but Wys came in and secured the ball before an attempt could be made by the Terrapins.
Beanlands finished the match with two stops, which is a testament to the Maryland defense. The back line of Gibbons, Nelson and sophomores Shannon Collins and Amanda Gerlitz and Fichtner, at holding center midfield, limited the Seminoles to just 10 shots, which is 10 below their season average.
Maryland finishes up the road portion of its 2013 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 24 when it plays at Syracuse for the first time in program history. The Terps and the Orange are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the SU Soccer Stadium.