Sept. 30, 2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A goal in the 44th minute held up as No. 16 Virginia Tech held on for a 1-0 win over the No. 10 University of Maryland women's soccer team Sunday evening at Thompson Field.
The loss is the first in ACC play for the Terps, who now stand at 4-1-1 in the conference and have an overall mark of 8-3-2. The Hokies improve to 10-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
"I'm proud of my kids' effort tonight," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "The result is certainly difficult to stomach but credit Virginia Tech with a great effort of their own. They kept us off of the score sheet.
"I think we could have managed the game better at the end of the half. Had we been a little better organized we could have avoided the late goal. I think this is a great moment for us to learn from. We have plenty more games moving forward to play so it will be imperative for our group to learn from this performance. The ACC is a tough league to play in and attention to minor details is what can separate teams."
Maryland had the first true opportunity in the match in the 30th minute. Junior Hayley Brock received the ball inside the VT 18-yard box, but was unable to make the turn to face the Hokie goal. She played the ball back to freshman Riley Barger, who ripped a shot from 24 yards out that bounced off of the underside of the crossbar. The ball just bounced a yard or so outside the goal line a couple of times before a Tech defender got there to clear it away.
The match looked like it would go into halftime scoreless, but a questionable foul call gave the Hokies a chance and they converted to take a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute. Freshman Gabby Galanti was pulled down in the VT defensive third, but the referee whistled Galanti for the foul, giving the Hokies a free kick. The ball was played down the right side where Katie Yensen cross it back toward the middle for Kaite DeTuro. DeTuro got around a Maryland defender inside the Terrapin 18 and put a well-struck ball past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands.
The best opportunity of the second half came early for the Terps. Freshman Shannon Collins pushed the ball up the left side and sent a long ball into the box for Brock, who battled through two defenders to get on the end of it. Borck got off a good header that beat Hokie goalie Dayle Colpitts, but for the second time in the match the crossbar denied the Terps.
The Hokies had two chances in the 54th minute, but Beanlands stood tall and made two big saves to keep it a one-goal match.
As the clock wound down, the Terrapins pressured the Hokies and earned two corner kicks in the 82nd minute, but Maryland was only able to get off one shot and that effort by junior Alex Reed was blocked.
Another corner kick opportunity in the 87th minute ended with an unlucky bounce that caused a shot by Kaplan to sail wide right.
Brock earned a final corner kick for the Terps, but senior Olivia Wagner's effort was headed out of the box by a Hokie defender to preserve the 1-0 VT lead.
"We have to get home now and get some rest," said Morgan. "We have a mid week game against a non-conference opponent and we need to get ourselves prepared to play."
The Terrapins step away from ACC play on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to wrap up their non-conference slate. Maryland will host Francis Marion at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.