COLLEGE PARK, MD. - A goal in the 70th minute propelled Fordham to a 1-0 upset of the Univerity of Maryland women's soccer team Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins fall to 4-2-1 on the season, while the Rams now stand at 2-4-0.
The lone goal of the game, and Fordham's only shot on goal, came off the foot of Kristina Maksuti, who took a simple pass from Kaitlyn Carballeira, turned and fired a shot from 30 yards out that was placed perfectly into the upper left 90 of the Maryland goal.
Maryland, which outshot Fordham 29-5 for the match, had numerous quality chances, but could not find the back of the net, in large part due to Rams' goalkeeper Rachel Suther, who finished with 12 saves.
The Terps' first opportunity came in the ninth minute when senior Olivia Wagner sent one of Maryland's 13 corner kicks short to freshman Riley Barger. Barger played it back to Wagner, increasing the angle, and Wagner crossed the ball to the back post where freshman Ashley Spivey got on the end of it, but her volley went wide of the net.
In the 30th minute Wagner played a long ball over the top of the Fordham back line. Junior Hayley Brock ran on to the ball and got off a shot, but Suther came off of her line and made the save.
Maryland's final quality opportunity in the first half came with under 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Wagner played the ball down the left side for freshman Alexis Prior-Brown. She then crossed the ball back across the field to the far post. Freshman Gabby Galanti was waiting there for the ball, but her header went just past the left post.
The Terps looked like they would get the first goal of the game on the board in the 49th minute when a poor clearing pass by the Rams was picked off by senior Becky Kaplan. She pushed the ball to the left side of the six-yard box and got off a solid strike, but Suther got there in time and pushed the shot wide of the goal.
In the 58th minute sophomore Cory Ryan came in the game for Barger and immediately had a chance to score. Brock played a hard ball across the face of the goal at the six-yard box for Ryan, who was making a run down the left alley, but Ryan's sliding shot went wide left.
After the Fordham goal, Maryland increased its pressure on the Rams. Once again, it was Kaplan leading the charge, as she picked off another errant pass and dribbled through the entire Rams defense to get a 1v1 with Suther, but the Fordham keeper came off her line again and got a piece of Kaplan's shot, sending the ball wide of its mark.
In the 86th minute Prior-Brown's shot was blocked by a Ram defender, but the ball redirected to the middle of the field right to freshman Ashley Spivey. She took one touch and drove a low hard shot at the Fordham net, but Suther positioned herself well and made the save to preserve the one-goal lead.
The final Terrapin chance came at the start of the 90th minute. Galanti was fouled just outside of the 18-yard box, but the free kick was ruled to be an indirect free kick. Wagner tried to chip the ball into a mass of players, looking for a header by Spivey or Prior-Brown, but Fordham was able to get to it first and clear the ball away from danger.
"This result obviously hurts," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "You never want to lose and you never want to lose on your home pitch in front of your fans.
"We are going to have to put this game behind us immediately because ACC play begins Thursday and UNC certainly won't feel sorry for us. It's my job to do a better job of preparing our kids and I'll make sure we are ready for Thursday."
Maryland will open its ACC schedule on Thursday, Sept. 13, when it hosts No. 18 North Carolina at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.