Terps' ACC Title Hopes Dashed By Virginia
Nov. 4, 2012
CARY, N.C. - The No. 7 University of Maryland women's soccer team's run toward the program's first ACC championship came to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Virginia in the conference title game on Sunday at the WakeMed Soccer Park.
The loss puts Maryland's overall record to 13-6-2, while the win ups the Cavaliers' mark to 16-4-1.
Virginia set the pace early, but didn't muster a quality opportunity until the 18th minute when Caroline Miller got loose on the left side and brought the ball into the 18 with just redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands to beat. But, Beanlands came off of her line to cut down Miller's angle and her shot trickled off of the right post and out of danger.
The Cavalier pressure got through on the Terps in the 22nd minute when Gloria Douglas gave the Wahoos a 1-0 lead with a well-strick ball from the left side of the 18, past a diving Beanlands and into the right side of the Maryland goal.
Beanlands continued her exceptional play in the 42nd minute when she stuffed a 1v1 opportunity by Virginia's Makenzy Doniak to keep the game to a one-goal Cavalier advantage going into halftime.
Maryland opened the second half with a chance for junior Hayley Brock. She got behind the Cavalier defense and Virginai keeper Danielle DeLise came off her line to get the ball. DeLise couldn't control the loose ball, but she disrupted Brock long enough to allow her defenders to get back. Brock got off a sliding shot, but it didn't have much on it and a Cavalier defender was able to step in front and keep it from going into the net.
Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the 53rd when Morgan Brian took a cross from Danielle Colaprico and took a shot from inside the 18. That initial attempt was turned away by freshman defender Erika Nelson, but the rebound bounced right back to Brian and she sent the ball into the right side of the net for the goal.
The Cavaliers put the game out of reach in the 65th minute when Colaprico sent a through-ball to Miller, who finished it into the lower right corner for a 3-0 Virginia lead.
The lead could have been upped to four goals, but Beanlands came up with a big 1v1 save on a breakaway by Virginia's Emily Carrollo in the 74th minute.
Beanlands came up with her fifth save of the match, diving to stop a rocket off the right foot of Virginia's Emily Sonnett in the 84th minute.
Beanlands however couldn't stop Doniak when she took a pass from Katie Torres and got behind the Maryland backline for a breakaway and Doniak tucked a shot inside the left post in the 86th minute to make it a 4-0 game.
Maryland is expected to earn an at-large into the NCAA tournament field, which will be announced at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 live on NCAA.com. The first round of the NCAA tournament is scheduled to get underway at campus sites of the top 32 seeds on Nov. 9-11.