Oct. 8, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior keeper Yewande Balogun made three big saves in the overtime periods to preserve a 0-0 tie for the No. 11 University of Maryland women's soccer team in its match vs. No. 6 Wake Forest Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
"I thought our soccer was very goof for periods of time tonight and we're excited about that going forward," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Certainly, we were pressing for a victory and we're disappointed not have gotten that, but we're proud of the effort and pleased we kept a very good team from scoring a goal."
The first half was evenly played with both teams having opportunities. Wake Forest (11-1-2, 4-0-2 ACC) controlled the run of play at the start of the half and took the first seven shots of the game. But, Maryland (8-2-4, 2-2-2 ACC) responded by getting off the last six shots of the half.
The second half was played at a frenetic pace with the Terps dominating the run of play, but both teams had terrific chances to take the lead.
In the 75th minute Maryland's Becky Kaplan had the ball down the right side and crossed a sharp pass to the top of the Demon Deacon six-yard box. Before a Terrapin could get on the end of it a Wake Forest defender tried to block the ball, but it was redirected toward the Wake goal. Demon Deacon keeper Ashley Bledsoe came off of her line on the cross, but was able to recover and prevent the ball from crossing the goal line.
Wake Forest had a prime opportunity in the 82nd minute when a misplayed ball gave the Deac's Katie Stengel a good look from the left side, but junior Remi Kriz was able to stretch out and get her foot on the shot, knocking it away from danger.
The first overtime was another back-and-forth display by these two teams. The highlights came as the period was winding down. Balogun made two huge saves to keep the game scoreless. The first came in the 96th minute, a diving one-handed stop of a shot by Wake's Marisa Park. The second was a sliding save on a quick shot by Stengel in the 97th minute.
The Terrapins had their own chance in the final minute of the first overtime. Senior Jasmyne Spencer slipped a ball to junior Megan Gibbons, who made a brilliant run down the right slot, but Gibbons' shot went just outside the right post, sending the game into a second overtime.
The lone shot of the second OT came in the 103rd minute as Stengel got free down the right side of the 18-yard box and got off a good low shot, but Balogun was in perfect position to make her seventh save of the night.
Maryland's back line of Kriz, Gibbons and seniors Skyy Anderson and Lydia Hastings played terrific team defense in front of Balogun to give the Terrapins their ninth shutout of the season. For Balogun the shutout is the 17th of her career.
The Terrapins finished the match with 19 shots to Wake's 15, while each team earned five corner kicks.
"Or determination was there tonight and we're excited to bring that same focus to Florida next weekend," said Pensky.
The Terrapins head out for a five-day road in Florida next week. Maryland will play at No. 10 Florida State on Thursday, Oct. 13 before travelling to Coral Gables to play Miami on Sunday, Oct. 16.