SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Hayley Brock returned to the lineup and scored the game-winning goal in the University of Maryland women’s soccer team’s 3-1 victory at Syracuse Thursday night at the SU Soccer Stadium.
The victory lifts the Terps’ overall record to 9-8-0 and 5-6-0 in conference play. The Orange’s record fell to 7-10-1 on the season and 3-8-1 in the ACC.
“I’m proud of the girls’ performance tonight,” said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. “Although our rhythm in possession wasn't the best it's been all season, we created some of our most dangerous goal scoring opportunities of the season. With a little more precision in front of net we could have scored one or two more goals. Defensively, we did a great job of minimizing Syracuse's possession of the ball and therefore not giving them many looks at the goal.
“So, now we have to prepare for a high scoring BC club on Sunday. We'll enjoy this tonight and begin our preparation tomorrow.”
Maryland looked to jump out early and pressured the Orange right from the opening whistle. The Terrapins fired off the first five shots of the game, including three by Brock, who returned after missing the previous two games due to injury.
Syracuse didn’t muster its first shot until the 34th minute, but that was answered quickly by the Terps with the first goal of the match less than a minute later. A cross into the box was knocked out by an Orange defender, but it went right to sophomore Aubrey Baker, who netted her third goal of the season to put the Terps up 1-0.
Less than four minutes into the second half Maryland was whistled for a foul in the box and Jackie Firenze converted to tie the match at one goal apiece.
As quick as the momentum turned in favor of the Orange it came back for the Terrapins in the 57th minute when sophomore Ashley Spivey played the ball into the box for Brock, who chipped it over SU keeper Brittany Anghel to put the Terps back on top 2-1.
Maryland upped its lead to 3-1 in the 69th minute when sophomore Shannon Collins sent a corner kick into the box where senior Kristen Schmidbauer got on the end of it and scored her first goal of the season.
Sophomore keeper Rachelle Beanlands was only called upon to make one save thanks to a stingy Terrapin defense that allowed only six shots in the match.
Maryland returns to College Park to play its final two games of the regular season at Ludwig Field, beginning with a 1 p.m. match vs. Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 26.