Oct. 31, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Lydia Hasting's goal in the 76th minute proved to be the difference in Maryland women's soccer's 2-1 victory over Miami on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
The No.3/5-ranked Terps finish the regular season with a 15-2-1 overall record and a school-record 7-2-1 mark in conference play. With the loss Miami falls to 10-8-1 on the year and 4-6-0 in the ACC. The Terps are now guaranteed no less than a No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, while the Hurricanes' loss, coupled with Virginia Tech's win over NC State, knocked Miami out.
"We probably could have written the script for this game before it started," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Miami was desperate to get a point and we knew we would have to scratch and claw for everything. Once again, we found a way to fight through some adversity and come away with a positive result. We we're as sharp as we would have liked, but I think that's a function of playing four very competitive games over the span of 10 days. But resilience wins out and now we move on to season number two."
The Terps took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute thanks to a pair of seniors setting up the goal. Erika Theisen got the initial pass to Caitlin McDowell, who slotted a nice pass to sophomore Danielle Hubka on the left side of the Miami 18. Hubka then finished the goal from a sharp angle with a great strike inside the right post.
The match remained that way until the 49th minute when a misplay on a header put the ball at the feet of Miami's Tara Schwitter, who banged the ball off the crossbar and it bounced into the right corner of the Terrapin goal.
Hastings' game-winner started when junior Skyy Anderson sent a long ball into the Miami box. A scramble bumped the ball into the air near the top of the box where McDowell flicked it to the right post where Hastings elevated and headed it into the goal. Miami's Brittney MacDonald tried to clear the ball, but it had already landed over the line for the score.
Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun finished the match with five saves, none of which were bigger than the one she made in the 77th minute. Brittney Steinbruch, the Hurricanes' all-time leading scorer, had a clean look at the Terrapin goal from 12 yards. She had a solid strike with her left foot that looked to be heading into the upper left 90, but Balogun threw her right hand out and got a piece of the shot, deflecting it wide of the goal where it was cleared by the Terrapin backline.
Maryland will play in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the WakeMed Soccer. Official seedings and pairings will be announced on Monday, Nov. 1.
Maryland's 15 regular season wins is tied with the 1995 team for the second most in school history. The 1996 squad holds the record with 17.
Caitlin McDowell's two assists gives her 23 for her career, tying her with Kimmy Francis for fourth on the all-time assist list.
McDowell's two assists also gives her 35 points for her career, moving her into a four-way tie for 21st on the school's all-time points list.
McDowell now has 11 assists on the season, which is the most by a Terrapin player in a season since Emmy Harbo had 12 in 1998. She is just the fourth player in school history to record double-digit assists in a season.