Oct. 8, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A last-second goal spoiled hopes for a Maryland victory over Virginia, but the 17th-ranked Terrapin women's soccer team came away from Charlottesville, Va., with a 2-2 tie and an all-important point in the ACC standings.
The Terps now stand at 9-2-1 overall on the season and 1-2-1 in the conference, while the result puts the Wahoos at 6-3-3 overall and 1-2-1 in ACC play.
"We were outstanding tonight. Our players deserve three points for their efforts," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Klöckner Stadium is one of the most difficult places to play, and our possession and attacking mentality were excellent."
After a scoreless first half the Terps got on the board first when redshirt sophomore Mallory Baker scored her first collegiate goal in the 56th minute. A yellow card was issued to Virginia's Kika Toulouse giving Maryland a free kick. That ball rebounded out to Baker, who ripped a shot from 20 yards out.
The 1-0 lead didn't last long. Caroline Miller tied the match for the Cavaliers with a one-timer in the 58th minute.
The game remained tied until the 79th minute when sophomore Lydia Hastings played a great through-ball to junior Caitlin McDowell. McDowell then laced a shot from 12 yards out to give Maryland a 2-1 advantage.
Virginia desperately pushed forward trying to get the tying goal as regulation came to a close and just one second before the final whistle Jess Rostedt scored from 15 yards out to send the game into overtime tied at two goals apiece.
Neither team managed to get the game-winning goal and only one shot was put on net in the overtime periods and that was stopped by Maryland's senior All-ACC goalkeeper Mary Casey, who finished with three goals for the game.
After playing its first four conference games on the road, the Terrapins will finally return home on Sunday, Oct. 11 when they host No. 6 Virginia Tech at Ludwig Field. Opening kick for the Terps and the Hokies is scheduled for 5 p.m.
"We're looking forward to getting back to Ludwig Field, after having just played four consecutive road ACC games." added Pensky. "Virginia Tech is at the top of the table right now, so typical of this conference, no rest for the weary - which is really what we all love about the ACC."