#17 Terps Battle To 2-2 Tie At #4 Duke
Sept. 20, 2012
The Terps earned their seventh ACC point and are 2-0-1 in the conference and 6-2-2 overall. The Blue Devils are now 1-1-1 in conference play and 7-2-1 overall.
"Tonight was an intense and physical game between two good teams," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "I'm proud of how our girls competed for 110 minutes against a talented Duke team.
"However, the tie is disappointing. We had the lead twice tonight and we let Duke back in it. I expect we will learn from tonight's experience and hopefully be better prepared the next time we are in this situation. Now it's time to take care of our bodies, get some rest, and prepare for a good Wake Forest team."
Maryland opened the scoring in the 10th minute when senior Domenica Hodak played a long ball behind the Duke back line and Brock ran onto it and beat Blue Devil keeper Tara Campbell for the 1-0 lead.
Duke nearly tied the match in the 50th minute when Kim DeCesare ran onto a diagonal long ball from the left side into the box. She got a foot on the ball, but Terrapin keeper Rachelle Beanlands smothered her shot.
The Blue Devils tied the match at a goal apiece four minutes later when Laura Weinberg took two touches following a pass by Cassie Pecht and laced a shot past Beanlands into the lower right corner.
The match remained tied until the 75th minute when freshman Aubrey Baker slipped the ball through the Blue Devil defense and Kaplan got past the defenders and had a 1v1 with Campbell. Kaplan showed patience and composure, waiting for Campbell to make a move before placing the ball neatly into the lower right corner for the 2-1 Maryland lead.
The Terps looked to get an insurance goal in the 83rd minute when freshman Ashley Spivey made a terrific run down the right side of the field before playing the ball to the center for freshman Alexis Prior-Brown, who got off a solid strike to the left post, but Campbell was there to keep it a one-goal game.
That proved to be important as Beanlands came off of her line as another long ball was played into the box in the 87th minute. Beanlands couldn't get to the ball and it was flicked on by Mollie Pathman to DeCesare, who finished into the open net to tie it at 2-2.
Beanlands came up with a big save, stopping a header by Natasha Anasi in the 89th minute to send the match into overtime.
Brock nearly gave the Terps the win in the 102nd minute, but she couldn't quite split two Duke defenders and had to settle for a sliding shot that went just left of the post.
The Blue Devils put some pressure on the Terrapins in the 106th minute, but solid defensive efforts by freshman Erika Nelson and sophomore Shade Pratt limited the chance and kept the game deadlocked at 2-2.
Duke had its last opportunities on two corner kicks in the waning moments, but the Terps didn't allow a shot and the game ended with a 2-2 tie.
Maryland wraps up its two-game swing through North Carolina on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match at No. Wake Forest.