Nov. 7, 2010
CARY, N.C. - Regulation and two overtime periods were not enough to decide the ACC Women's Soccer Championship, but Wake Forest took the title in a shootout over the No. 2 seed Maryland.
The match, which ended 1-1 in double-overtime, is officially a tie and makes the Terps overall season record 17-2-2. The Demon Deacons move to 12-7-3 on the season.
Junior Ashley Grove gave the Terps an early cushion with the game's first goal in the fifth minute of play. Sophomore Domenica Hodak split two defenders with a nice pass down the left side to junior Lydia Hastings. Hastings, with time to survey the field, found Grove making a run down the seam. Grove collected the pass and finished the play with a nicely struck shot into the upper right 90 from 14 yards out.
Wake Forest tied the match at 1-1 early in the 19th minute on a goal by ACC Freshman of the Year Katie Stengel. At the time, no one knew that would be the last goal scored in the contest.
The match was played close to the vest for most of the second half and went to overtime; the second-straight game for each team that required extra minutes.
Both teams had opportunities in the extra 20 minutes, but neither could capitalize and the ACC Championship was decided by a shootout for the first time since 2004.
Junior Sade Ayinde converted the first PK of the shootout for the Terps, as did Alisha Woodson for Wake. Demon Deacon keeper Aubrey Bledsoe, who earned tournament MVP honors, stopped the next three Maryland attempts, while Wake Forest made its next two to clinch the title.
Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun finished the match with four saves, while Bledsoe made three stops in the match. Balogun was selected to the ACC All-Tournament Team along with Grove and sophomore Danielle Hubka.
"I'm extremely proud of our team," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "I just feel so terribly for them because they were so close to achieving something special today. But this absolutely does not diminish the run that we've had of late, or our season for that matter. We are a fabulous team with outstanding character, and we will bs ready for the NCAA Tournament."
Maryland is still a expected to earn a high seed in the 2010 NCAA tournament. The Terps were eighth in the latest RPI and posted a 2-0-1 record in the conference tournament, including a win over Boston College, which was No. 6 in the RPI. The bracket will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. live on ESPNU.
Ashley Grove's goal gives her 18 for her career, tying her for 10th on the all-time goals list with Audra Weber and Mallory Mahar.
Grove's two points gives her 48 for her career, moving her into a tie with Jasmyne Spencer for 10th on the all-time points list.
Lydia Hastings' assist gives her 13 for her career, moving her into a tie with Michelle Deville for 12th on the all-time assists list.