Sept. 25, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team put up a tremendous fight, but lost a 2-0 decision at No. 14 Wake Forest Thursday evening in both teams' Atlantic Coast Conference openers.
The two teams battled through much of the first half, holding each other in check, but the Demon Deacons finally broke through in the 32nd minute of play when Sarah Winslow scored on a direct shot from the center of the field from just 25 yards out.
Maryland tried desperately to tie the match, pushing players forward into its offensive end, but the Wake Forest defense, which has allowed only three goals in its nine matches in 2008, held steadfast.
The Demon Deacons tacked on an insurance goal in the 88th minute of the match. Allie Sadow scored her sixth goal of the season, slipping a shot past sophomore keeper Yewande Balogun, who made three saves after coming in to replace junior Mary Casey, who took a foot to the head in the 51st minute.
"I am extremely proud of our players' effort and performance," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We were well prepared for Wake, and put ourselves in a position to get a result. Obviously, Wake's second goal came against the run of play as we threw numbers forward. We have much to build upon tonight and very much look forward to Sunday's challenge at UNC."
Maryland (4-4-1, 0-1-0 ACC) continues its ACC road trip with a match at No. 3 North Carolina. The Terps and the Tar Heels will kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Carolina's Fetzer Field.