Oct. 24, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - History was made for the No. 4/6 University of Maryland women's soccer team as junior Sade Ayinde scored both goals to lead the Terps to its first-ever victory over No. 2/2 North Carolina, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
"It would be an understatement to say that this is a good day to be a Terp," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We're just so elated for our group. The fashion in which this game was won makes it even more special. We've been on the road for five days; we lost a tough game Thursday, and were without two starters today, and we went down 1-0 four minutes into today's game. This just speaks volumes about the character and determination of our team.
"Yewande [Balogun] and our back line were terrific, our midfield competed their tails off, and the kids up front kept the pressure on UNC's back line. This was a total team effort, but having said that, Sade Ayinde deserves to enjoy this. She came through for her team today. We're so happy for her!"
With the victory, the Terps improve to 13-2-1 overall on the season and 5-2-1 in the ACC. The five conference wins is the most ever for the Terrapins. UNC falls to 14-2-1 overall and 6-2-0 in the conference.
Maryland, which was playing without starters Ashley Grove and Domenica Hodak due to red cards in the Wake Forest game on Thursday, limited the high-scoring Tar Heels to just five first half shots, but Courtney Jones' shot to the lower left found the back of the Terrapin net in the fifth minute to give Carolina a 1-0 lead.
The game remained that way until the 78th minute. Redshirt junior keeper Yewande Balogun's punt got through everyone and Ayinde got past her defender and finished the play to tie the match at 1-1.
Ayinde wasn't done, but her game-winning goal was set-up by a gutsy effort by junior All-America candidate Jasmyne Spencer. A long ball from the Maryland backline was sent over the Tar Heel defense and Spencer used her dynamic speed to get to the ball first. Carolina's defense collapsed around her just outside of the UNC 18, but Spencer was able to draw a foul to give the Terps a free kick.
Ayinde then calmly stepped up to the ball and took a shot that deflected off of a defender and Carolina keeper Hannah Daly before finding the back right corner of the net to give Maryland the 2-1 lead.
The Tar Heels pressured the Terps throughout the second half looking to get an insurance goal, but Maryland allowed only one of UNC's seven second-half shots to be on goal and that was an easy save for Balogun, who finished the historic victory with five saves.
The win is the Terps' second victory over a No. 2-ranked opponent this month, both coming on the road, and Maryland's 16th all-time win over a Top 10 team. Maryland defeated then-No. 2 Boston College by a 2-1 final on Oct. 7.
Maryland wraps up its 2010 regular season with a two-game home stand at Ludwig Field. The Terps host No. 9 Florida State on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Maryland then welcomes Miami for "Senior Day" on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.
Sade Ayinde's four points gives her 36 for her career, tying her with Audra Poulin for 19th on the all-time points list.
Ayinde's two goals give her 11 for her career, which is 24th on the school's all-time goals list.