Nov. 11, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Hayley Brock scored twice and added an assist to lead the No. 18 University of Maryland to a 5-1 victory over La Salle in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins improve to 11-5-4 on the season, while the Explorers finish up with a mark of 15-2-3.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play on a successful penalty kick by senior Ashley Grove. Junior Danielle Hubka was fouled inside the La Salle 18-yard box to give the Terrapins the PK opportunity.
The lead didn't hold long as the Explorer's Renee Washington tied the match at 1-1 three minutes later, capitalizing on a Maryland turnover in its defensive third of the field.
The game remained tied through halftime, but not much longer as Maryland was awarded another penalty kick when senior Jasmyne Spencer was taken down inside the Explorer box. Junior Olivia Wagner took the kick this time and converted to put the Terrapins up 2-1 in the 50th minute.
Maryland's first goal in the run of play didn't come until the 84th minute when Brock netted her first goal to make it a 3-1 game. Brock played a give-and-go game with Hubka just outside the La Salle 18. Brock took the final pass away from a defender and finished it from in close.
Brock added her second goal just two minutes later, finishing off a rebound off of a shot by junior Megan Gibbons that bounced off the crossbar.
Hubka finished off the wild second half for the Terrapins with the fifth goal in the 89th minute. Brock flicked the ball onto Hubka, who then finished the opportunity into the right side of the Explorer net.
Maryland's senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made six saves in the win.
"Hats off to La Salle; they gave us all we could handle tonight and certainly the score is not a reflection of the game," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "I'm very proud of our team, because we had to face some adversity and we kept our composure in a bit of a hectic, frantic environment. And in this tournament, you have to win games like this. When we go on the road next week we need to be prepared to continue to face adverse situations and I'm confident we'll continue to respond just as we did tonight. Bottom line is that all of us feel good to be moving on to face next week's challenge."
The Terrapins advance to the second round of the tournament and will play the winner of the No. 3 seed Auburn/Utah State match, which will be played on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Auburn, Ala. The next two rounds will be played next weekend at the highest remaining seed in Maryland's pod, which will be No. 2 seed Oklahoma State, which advanced with a 9-1 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.