#10 Terps Face Tough Road Test At #16 VT
Sept. 29, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The ACC-leading Maryland women's soccer team faces a tough road challenge when it plays at No. 16 Virginia Tech Sunday at 5 p.m. at Thompson Field.
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Maryland's student-run radio station, WMUC, will also be broadcasting the match at WMUCsports.com.
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Scouting The Terps
The Terrapins opened the 2012 season with a 3-0 shutout at Navy (recap | stats) that featured a one-hour 46-minute lightning delay. Becky Kaplan scored the first two goals of the season for Maryland, while Alex Reed tallied the insurance goal. Four freshmen - Aubre Baker,Riley Barger, Shannon Collins and Sarah Molina - recorded assists in their first collegiate games.
Maryland had a short turnaround for a match at Villanova that ended in a 0-0 tie (recap | stats). Shannon Zickler filled in for Rachelle Beanlands in net for the Terps and made four saves to record her first career shutout.
Maryland fell behind George Mason 1-0, but scored the game's final three goals to earn a 3-1 win over the Patriots on Aug. 31 (recap | stats). Freshman Gabby Galanti scored two minutes into her Terrapin debut to tie the match. Senior Becky Kaplan scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute and freshman Ashley Spivey added the insurance goal in the 65th minute. Senior Domenica Hodak had two assists in the match, while Spivey, junior Hayley Brock and freshman Alexis Prior-Brown each had one helper.
Senior Olivia Wagner scored two goals, while freshman Ashley Spivey and junior Hayley Brock each chipped in a goal and an assist as Maryland thumped Towson, 5-0 (recap | stats), in the Terps' 2012 home opener. Senior Becky Kaplan scored the first goal of the game for Maryland, giving her her third game-winning goal of the season. Redshirt freshman Amanda Gerlitz and freshman Gabby Galanti each earned their first career assists in the victory.
Senior Becky Kaplan put the Terps ahead with her first goal of the game in the third minute, then scored the game-winner in the 89th minute to lead Maryland to a thrilling 2-1 road victory at Alabama (recap | stats) on Sept. 6. Junior Hayley Brock assisted on both of Kaplan's goals with senior Olivia Wagner also getting an assist on the game-winner.
A 30-yard strike into the upper left 90 by Kristina Maksuti in the 70th minute gave Fordham a 1-0 upset (recap | stats) of Maryland on Sept. 9 at Ludwig Field. The Terps held a 29-5 shot advantage over the Rams and had 13 corner kicks to Fordham's 0.
Maryland bounced back in a big way - a historic way - becoming the first team ever to defeat North Carolina three times in three consecutive seasons when the Terps topped the Tar Heels, 2-1 (recap | stats), on Sept. 13. Junior Alex Reed gave the Terrapins a 1-0 lead with her goal in the 41st minute. Junior Hayley Brock netted the game-winner, finishing a solid ball across the box from senior Beck Kaplan in the 55th minute. Carolina made it a one-goal game on a penalty kick by Maria Lubrano in the 78th minute, but Maryland defense held off the Tar Heel charge and redshirt freshman keeper Rachelle Beanlands made two big second-half saves to preserve the history-making win.
The Terrapins improved to 2-0-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1997 with a 4-1 win over Clemson (recap | stats) on Sept. 16 at Ludwig Field. Senior Becky Kaplan got the Terps on the board early with her team-leading seventh goal in the sixth minute. Senior Danielle Hubka scored her first of the season, which proved to be the eventual game-winner, in the 19th minute. Junior Hayley Brock scored Maryland's final two goals in the 74th and 76th minutes, respectively. Senior Olivia Wagner had two assists on the day, while Kaplan and freshmen Gabby Galanti, Sarah Molina and Ashley Spivey each had one helper.
Maryland's top goal-scorers senior Becky Kaplan and junior Hayley Brock came through with goals to help the Terps earn a hard-fought 2-2 tie at No. 4 Duke (recap | stats) on Sept. 20. Brock scored in the 10th minute, finishing a long ball from senior Domenica Hodak. After the Blue Devils tied the match in the 54th minute, Kaplan gave Maryland the lead back with a quality, composed finish in the 75th minute off of a feed from freshman Aubrey Baker. The high-powered Blue Devils came through with the game-tying goal in the 87th minute to send the game to overtime.
Hayley Brock and Becky Kaplan did it again with each scoring a goal to lead the Terps to their first win at Wake Forest since 1996 with a 2-1 victory on Sept. 23 (recap | stats). Brock score the first goal of the game, putting back her own rebound in the 10th minute. Kaplan scored what proved to be her fifth game-winner of the season in the 69th minute. Brock and Alex Reed earned assists on the counter-attack goal.
Scouting The Hokies
The Hokies won their first nine games of the 2012 campaign, including eight by shutout. The only match VT allowed an opponent to score in during its first eight matches was a 3-2 overtime victory at Nebraska on Aug. 24. Since their 3-0 win over NC State on Sept. 16 to open ACC play, Virginia Tech has dropped back-to-back games. The Hokies lost at North Carolina, 3-1, on Sept. 20, before losing last Sunday to the Eagles.
Series History vs. Virginia Tech
Last season, the Terps fell behind 1-0 to Virginia Tech, but scored two goals in a span of 4:01 early in the second half to earn a 2-1 victory (recap | stats) on Sept. 18. Olivia Wagner scored the first Terrapin goal, blasting a free kick from 24 yards out into the upper left corner. Wagner then assisted on the game-winner, sending a corner kick to the back post where Cory Ryan got on the end of it and finished with a header into the left side of the Hokie net. Maryland is looking for its first-ever win in Blacksburg, Va. The Terps are 0-2-1 all-time at Virginia Tech with a 0-0 tie in 2006 and 1-0 losses in 2008 and 2010.
But the Terp freshmen aren't just playing - they're contributing. Six freshmen - Ashley Spivey, Shannon Collins, Riley Barger, Sarah Molina, Rachelle Beanlands and Erika Nelson - have started for the Terps this season with Spivey and Collins starting every game. Freshmen have totaled 20 of the team's 88 points this season.
Terps Toppling Top 10 Teams
Maryland's 2-1 win over No. 6 North Carolina on Sept. 13 gave the Terrapins their first 1-0-0 start in conference play since 2001. The last time the Terps opened ACC play with a win was on Sept. 2, 2001 when Maryland defeated No 17 Duke, 2-0, at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. From 2002-11, Maryland was 0-8-2 in conference openers.
Maryland followed that up with a 4-1 win over Clemson on Sept. 16, which put the Terps at 2-0-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1997.
The Terps continued their unprecedented success in the ACC by earning a 2-2 tie at No. 4 Duke on Sept. 20 and then winning 2-1 at No. 13 Wake Forest on Sept. 23.
The ACC record grew to 4-0-1 with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-1 victory over No. 3 Virginia on Sept. 27. The Terps scored three times in the game's final 17 minutes to earn the win.
Maryland started the 1996 season with a 2-0-1 record in the conference with wins over Wake Forest and Florida State and a tie with Virginia, but the Terps lost to NC State in their fourth ACC game.
The Terps recorded 20 straight wins over non-ACC foes before tying Georgetown, 1-1, in second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010. Maryland is now 32-3-4 in its last 39 non-conference games. The Terps had been unbeaten in 31-straight non-conference games prior to losing, 1-0, at Oklahoma State in the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA tournament. So far this season Maryland has defeated Navy, 3-0, tied Villanova, 0-0, dropped a 1-0 decision at Ohio State, topped George Mason, 3-1, thumped Towson, 5-0, pulled out a late 2-1 win at Alabama and dropped a 1-0 decision to Fordham. Maryland has one more non-conference game on its 2012 slate - an Oct. 3 home match vs. Francis Marion.
119 And Counting At Ludwig Field
Through the seasons, the Terps have had a knack for shutting teams out at Ludwig Field. Maryland has won 75 of its 119 victories (63.1%) at Ludwig Field via shutout. Add in the 12 0-0 ties the Terps have had at Ludwig Field and it totals 87 times that Maryland has shutout its opponent in 188 games (46.3%).
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