Nov. 10, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Becky Kaplan and junior Hayley Brock each scored in the final five minutes of the game to propel the fourth-seeded University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
The win gives the Terps a 14-6-2 record on the season, while the Seawolves, who were making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament finish their season with a 12-7-3 mark.
Despite dominating the run of play throughout the match, Maryland was tied at 0-0 with Stony Brook until the 85th minute. That's when Kaplan turned a Stony Brook turnover in its defensive third into the first goal of the game. Kaplan picked the ball clean from a Stony Brook defender and drove toward the box. She didn't get inside the 18, but that didn't matter as she lace a shot into the lower left corner from 22 yards out to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
With their season on the line the Seawolves tried to push forward and create an opportunity, but that left them open on the back end and Maryland took advantage less than three minutes later.
Senior Danielle Hubka leapt to head a ball near the top right corner of the Stony Brook 18. She got the ball to Kaplan, who played a centering pass just outside the six-yard box where Brock was waiting to finish the play into the right side of the Seawolves' net to make it a 2-0 game in the 88th minute.
Maryland finished with 25 total shots and 11 shots on goal. Stony Brook stayed in the game largely on the play of keeper Ashley Castanio, who finished with nine saves and was solid all night on crosses and set-pieces played into the box.
No one was victimized more by Castanio's play than Maryland freshman Ashley Spivey.
In the 67th minute, Spivey had a clear look from 28 yards out and it looked as if her shot would sail harmlessly over the crossbar, but the spin of the ball curved it down and it would have gotten under the bar except that Castanio never gave up on the shot and tipped it over the crossbar at the last second.
Spivey was stopped again by Castanio in the 80th minute on another hard shot; this one coming from just 16 yards out. Freshman Alexis Prior-Brown played a cross to Spivey just outside the 18. Spivey took one touch to create some space before ripping a shot, but Castanio was there to make the same to keep it a 0-0 match.
That save led to Stony Brook's one real quality opportunity as Tessa Deveraux found a seem in the Maryland defense and got an open look at the Terrapin goal from just inside the 18, but her effort went wide left of the post in the 81st minute.
Redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands needed to make just one save to pick up her fourth clean sheet of the season.
"I'm really happy with our teams performance tonight," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "Although we would have preferred to capitalize on our chances earlier in the match, I'm proud that we never lost our composure. We knew the goals would eventually come if we stayed the course. Now our focus becomes Denver."
Maryland advances to the second round where it will play Denver, which advanced with a 3-1 home win over Colorado College on Saturday. The Terps and the Pioneers will play on Friday, Nov. 16 at Stanford's Cagan Stadium.
No. 1 seed Stanford, which advanced with a 3-0 win over Idaho State, will play Santa Clara in the other half of Maryland's side of the bracket. The Broncos earned their match with the Cardinal with a 2-1 win over Long Beach State.