Oct. 21, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - A goal in the 86th minute was the difference in the match as the No. 5 University of Maryland women's soccer team dropped its regular-season finale to No. 1 Florida State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field in front of a crowd of 1,789.
The loss ends the Terps' regular season with an 11-5-2 mark and 19 points in the conference with a record of 6-3-1. The Seminoles improve to 15-1-0 overall and an ACC-leading 8-1-0 mark in the conference.
The lone score of the game came when Ines Jaurena crossed the ball from the lower right corner to the far post where Tiffany McCarty volleyed it into the Maryland net past Maryland's redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands, who made a diving effort trying to make the stop.
The Terrapins were not without their quality chances however.
Freshman Ashley Spivey made a terrific move to create some space in the center of the field in the 38th minute. She looked for a teammate to make a run, but the FSU defenders did well marking and none were open. Undeterred, Spivey took another touch before ripping a shot that just went wide of the left post.
Early in the second half senior Becky Kaplan stepped in the passing lane and picked off an errant clearance by a Seminole defender, took the ball into the lower left corner and earned a Maryland corner kick. Freshman Shannon Collins sent a good ball to the back post where freshman Erika Nelson headed it back toward the middle of the box. Freshman Riley Barger got on the end of Nelson's header, but her effort was stopped by FSU keeper Kelsey Wys.
Maryland had another chance in the 59th minute when Nelson intercepted a stray pass with a lot of room in front of her. She took the ball into the Seminole defensive third before playing the ball to Kaplan on the left side. Kaplan looked for a cross, but neither Nelson nor freshman Gabby Galanti were open, so she tried for a strong shot from a low angle, but once again Wys was there for the stop.
Florida State had back-to-back chances in the 67th and 68th minutes, but both were turned away by tremendous team saves.
FSU used a set piece to get Juarena a good look at the goal in the 67th, but Collins was on the back post to head the ball away from the front of the goal.
Juarena had another chance in the 68th minute, but this time another effort to the back post was sent away, this time by freshman Aubrey Baker.
Senior Olivia Wagner had two quality chances late in the game, but neither found the back of the net.
Wagner's first attempt came in the 78th minute when she laced a shot from the top left corner of the 18-yard box. That shot appeared to be curling into the upper left 90, but the ball stayed too far left and went wide of the mark.
Wagner's next chance came on a free kick, which was earned when Kaplan was fouled while trying to split three Seminoles just outside the 18. Everything looked to be setup for Wagner to try to punch the free kick into the six-yard box, looking for a header, but instead she drove the ball around the FSU wall toward the lower left corner. Wys was screened a bit on the attempt, but reacted in time to make a sliding save to keep the match scoreless.
Just before the Florida State goal it looked as if the Terps would get a chance on a potential penalty kick. Wagner played the ball over the top of the Seminole defense and Galanti was able to get positioning on the ball and touched it into the left alley of the 18. Before Galanti could get off a shot she appeared to have been taken down by an FSU defender. The whistle never came, however, and the referee signaled for a goal kick after the ball rolled over the end line.
Maryland had one final chance as Kaplan earned a corner with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Wagner sent the ball from the left corner to the far post, but none of the Terrapins could get on the end of it and the threat dissipated without a shot.
Prior to the match the Terrapins recognized their six seniors - Bailey Bodell, Domenica Hodak, Danielle Hubka, Kaplan, Wagner and Shannon Zickler - who played their final regular season match at Ludwig Field.
"We put together a decent performance today, however decent doesn't allow you to win games in this league," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "It's my responsibility to get our team prepared to play great and I didn't do a good job of inspiring the kids today. We'll regroup this week, get some rest, and wait to see who our opponent for the first round of the ACC tournament will be."
Maryland will now wait to find out its seed and opponent for the upcoming ACC tournament, which will begin with the quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the campus sites of the top four seeds.