Wagner and Ryan Lead #6 Terps Past Hokies
Sept. 18, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Olivia Wagner had a goal and an assist and Cory Ryan scored her first career game-winning goal to lead the No. 6 University of Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech Sunday evening in front on 1,545 at Ludwig Field.
The Terps trailed the Hokies 1-0 at the half despite holding a slim lead in shots, but Maryland, now 7-1-2 on the season and 1-1 in ACC play, responded with two goals in a span of 4:01 early in the second half to earn the victory.
"We're so proud of the resiliency of our team," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Nobody has felt great in the last week given our last two results. And then to go down to 1-0 at the half today, it became a test of the makeup and character of this team.
"Virginia Tech is an excellent team and they're well coached, so getting two goals and finishing off the game with a win is something our team needs to feel great about."
Wagner, a junior from Boulder, Colo., evened the game at 1-1 in the 55th minute, blasting a free kick from 24 yards into the upper left corner. The free kick was setup by junior Danielle Hubka drawing a foul by a Hokie defender.
The game wouldn't remain tied long as junior Domenica Hodak earned a corner kick by battling two Hokies for the ball near the end line in the 59th minute.
Wagner sent a great corner kick to the back post where Ryan, a freshman from Norwood, Mass., got on the end of it and finished with a solid header into the left side of the Virginia Tech goal.
"This conference is what it is - the best in the country - so, it's not going to get any easier from here," said Pensky. "Boston College will come in here looking to avenge our victories from last year and we're going to need to bring the same mentality we showed tonight on Thursday night."
Maryland plays the second of its three-game home stand on Thursday night when it welcomes No. 18 Boston College to Ludwig Field. The Terps and Eagles are set for an 8 p.m. start. The match will be televised on the ACC regional sports network.