The No. 21 University of Maryland women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 23 Virginia Tech Thursday evening in front of 1,334 at Ludwig Field.
The loss drops the Terps to 5-3-0 on the season and evens their ACC mark at 1-1-0. The Hokies improve to 7-1-1 overall and are now 2-1-0 in conference play.
“This was certainly not a great performance by our team tonight,” said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. “Give credit to Virginia Tech, they beat us in every facet of the game. We were out of synch, didn’t compete the way that we’re capable of or that’s typical of us and in turn we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
Maryland started the match with a couple of early scoring chances, but Hokie keeper Dayle Colpitts stopped a blast from sophomore Ashley Spivey in the third minute and a solid header by freshman Lauren Berman in the 11th minute.
Virginia Tech looked to have a quality chance in the 15th minute when a Maryland turnover gave Katie Yensen the ball near the Maryland 18, but some terrific 1v defense by sophomore Shannon Collins prevented Yensen from even getting off a shot.
Senior Hayley Brock was closely guarded by the Hokies, often with two defenders nearby, but she carved out some space in the 26th minute, but her rocket from 20 yards was snatched out
The Hokies broke the scoreless tie in the 38th minute after a shot by VT’s Ashley Meier was sent over the crossbar by Maryland keeper Rachelle Beanlands. Kelsey Loupee sent the ball into the box from the far right corner where Katie DeTuro got on the end of it and headed it into the right side of the Terrapin net amidst a crowd of gold and maroon shirts.
Maryland had its best chance to tie the match in the 49th minute when a Virginia Tech defender was whistled for a handball inside the Hokies’ 18 to give the Terps a penalty kick. Spivey stepped up to take the kick and struck a good ball toward the lower left corner, but Colpitts guessed correctly and was just able to tip the ball outside the left post.
The Hokies clung to the 1-0 lead until the 88th minute. With Maryland pressing up to try to even the game, Jazmine Reeves took a pass from Murielle Tiernan and slipped through the Terrapin backline and finished over Beanlands in a 1v1 situation.
Beanlands finished the game with a season-high eight saves for the Terps.
“This one will settle in tonight, but tomorrow we’ve got to move forward and start preparing for Wake Forest,” said Morgan. “The great thing about our league is that we always have another great game in front of us and so we can make it right on Sunday.”
Maryland returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 22 when it hosts No. 3 Wake Forest. That match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Ludwig Field and will be streamed live on TerpsTV.