Sept. 5, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - In the Terps' first four games this season it was the starting forwards providing the scoring punch, but in the 10th-ranked University of Maryland's 2-0 victory over Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field it was reserve forwards Danielle Hubka and Sade Ayinde putting the ball into the net.
It looked like the Terrapins were going to jump on the Seawolves early, but a terrific effort by Stony Brook defender Julianne Palm kept the game scoreless. Early in the sixth minute, senior Molly Dreska slipped the ball behind the Seawolves' defense looking for junior forward Ashley Grove. Grove beat Stony Brook keeper Chelsea Morales, who came off of her line to try to intercept the pass, to the ball and looked to have a clear shot at an open net. But, Palm was in the right place at the right time and just got enough of Grove's shot to push the ball wide of the open Stony Brook goal.
Ayinde had another near miss for the Terps less than a minute after she entered the game in the 29th minute. Sophomore Domenica Hodak made a nice pass, splitting two defenders, to get the ball to Ayinde on the right side of the Seawolves' box. Morales once again came off of her line, but this time she was able to stick out her left foot and redirect Ayinde's shot, preserving the 0-0 tie.
It wasn't until the 41st minute that the Terps finally broke through the Seawolves' defense. Ayinde got the play started, lifting the ball toward the middle of the field where sophomore Olivia Wagner flicked it into the box. Hubka made a strong move to get around her defender to get to the loose ball, which she then finished from 10 yards out for a 1-0 Maryland lead.
The second half was much like the first with Stony Brook conceding possession and packing in its defensive zone. But even that wasn't enough to stop preseason All-American Jasmyne Spencer from making the big play to set up Ayinde's goal in the 69th minute.
Spencer took a pass from freshman Kayla Clarke, who picked up her first collegiate assist on the play, just inside of the midfield stripe. She deftly got past one Stony Brook defender, but two more descended on her as she tried to advance the ball up the field. Spencer bulled her way through the two defenders, one of who had a handful of Spencer's uniform, and managed to slip the ball to Ayinde, who made a good run down the right side. With so much attention paid to Spencer, Ayinde then had a clear shot from 15 yards that she laced into the lower left corner for the 2-0 Terrapin lead.
The Maryland defense allowed only one shot on the afternoon and that came in the 88th minute and was not a threat to score. Redshirt junior Yewande Balogun played 75 minuted in goal to pick up her fifth win of the season. Redshirt freshman Lianne Maldonado finished the game at keeper, playing the final 15 minutes.
The Terps return to action on Wed., Sept. 8 when they travel to South Orange, N.J., for a 7 p.m. match at Seton Hall.
Maryland has now won 16 straight matches against non-ACC opponents dating back to 2008.
Jasmyne Spencer has had at least one point in each of the Terps' last three games.
Spencer took two shots vs. the Seawolves, giving her 102 for her career. She becomes just the 20th Terp in history with 100 or more shots.