Sept. 30, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - There was no last second miracle this time around. The No. 5/7 University of Maryland women's soccer team sloshed its way to a hard-fought 3-2 win over No. 6/9 Virginia at a rain-soaked Ludwig Field Thursday night.
Maryland (9-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) got a measure of payback on the Cavaliers (7-2-1, 1-1-0) for last season's result in Charlottesville when the Wahoos scored with one second remaining on the clock to tie the game at 2-2, which it was how it would end.
For Maryland head coach Brian Pensky, that made this year's victory a little bit sweeter. "Virginia has a great team and a great program, so beating them tonight feels terrific. Over the last couple of years, we have had some heartbreaking results vs. UVa., so to come out on top tonight is incredibly rewarding."
Sophomore midfielder Lydia Hastings got the Terps off to a fast start, blistering a one-timer from the top of the Virginia penalty box into the left side of the Cavalier net in the third minute. The goal was set-up by a brilliant individual effort by junior forward Jasmyne Spencer. A long ball was sent down the right side of the Cavalier defense where Spencer stole the ball fro Maggie Kistner and sent a sharp cross to Hastings, who made a great run to get on the end of it.
The Cavaliers answered back early in the second half with a rebound goal by Carolina Miller in the 50th minute. A shot by Megan Lenczyk was blocked by a Terrapin defender, but the ball bounced right to Miller, who had a clear shot and finished it into the left side of the Maryland net.
Maryland regained the lead two minutes later when junior forward Sade Ayinde converted her third penalty kick of the season. Junior forward Ashley Gove did a nifty piece of juggling just outside the 18-yard box. A Virginia defender knocked the ball into the box where Spencer charged in and gained control of it. In the process she was knocked down and the PK was awarded to the Terps.
But that lead too was short lived as the Cavaliers were awarded their own penalty kick in the 66th minute when sophomore midfielder Domenica Hodak was whistled for a handball in the box. Virginia played the ball to the Maryland box and it took an unlucky bounce into Hodak's outstretched arm. Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun, who finished with five saves, some of which were spectacular diving efforts, guessed correctly on the attempt, but Lenczyk's shot made it through anyway and tied the game at 2-2.
But, as was the case all game long, that score didn't hold up for long either. Sophomore midfielder Olivia Wagner sent a great corner into the box where sophomore midfielder Danielle Hubka worked her way free and sent a header inside the right post to give the Terps a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute.
"This was a complete team effort," said Pensky. "As the game went on and the field conditions deteriorated we had to go deeper into our bench and everyone fought and competed. We'll enjoy this win this evening because we deserve it, but we're not going to lose perspective on the bigger picture and that's at Virginia Tech this Sunday."
Maryland travels to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Hokies at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3.
Jasmyne Spencer's assist gives her 39 career points, which keeps her in 15th on the all-time points list.
Spencer took one shot vs. the Cavaliers, giving her 124 for her career, which is 13th on the all-time shots list.