Senior midfielder and team captain Olivia Wagner sent two of her free kicks into the net to lead her Maryland Terrapins to a 3-1 win over the Virginia Cavaliers, putting the team in first place in the ACC standings.
The #3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers were able to shut down the #10 Maryland Terrapins attack from the run of play for almost the entire match, giving them no solid chances at goal until the last few minutes, when they were pressing forward for an equalizer and vulnerable to counterattacks.
After a largely evenly matched first half with perhaps a slight advantage to the visitors, UVA took the lead with four minutes to halftime with a sustained assault. An initial cross from the end line on the right went to waste, but Maryland was unable to clear, and the ball came back in to the right. Sophomore midfielder Danielle Colaprico came into possession of it there and sent it into the box. Facing multiple players in front of her, sophomore forward Kalli Torres somehow sent a seeing eye ball in low from about ten yards out that went into the net untouched.
Most of the second half seemed to go the same way, with the Wahoos getting what few chances there were and the Terps not managing much of anything. However, with sixteen minutes to go, sophomore forward Alexis Prior-Brown dueled with the defense and looked to be breaking through the back line with the ball. Defender Julia Roberts took no chances and took her down, earning a yellow card for her professional foul. Wagner stepped up to take the kick from about forty yards out and fired it toward goal. Cavs goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle looked to be making a routine grab on it when a Virginia defender tried to head it clear but instead got just enough on it to loft it over DeLisle but under the crossbar.
Eleven minutes later Wagner got another chance when UVA was called for a handball about 25 yards out directly in front of goal. She needed no help this time, looping a ball in around the wall and high to DeLisle’s right to give Maryland their first lead of the match.
In response, Virginia shifted to a more offensive formation, subbing out left flank defender Molly Menchel – a DC United Women stalwart over the summer – for forward Makenzy Doniak. It backfired almost immediately as Maryland mounted an offensive jailbreak led by Hayley Brock with a run down the right sideline previously so well defended by Menchel. Brock was unable to get in scoring position from the right corner and so passed to Becky Kaplan near the top right corner of the box. Kaplan was also well-guarded, but Danielle Hubka was making a hard late run toward the left post, and Kaplan was able to feed her the ball. Hubka, having beaten her mark down the field, put the ball in the left lower corner for the clincher.
Coming into the game, Virginia had been unbeaten in 10 matches and had not lost a game they’d led after the 60th minute since 2007. Their record fell to 9-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the ACC, tied for third place with Duke. They next play at home against the #5 Blue Devils on Sunday at 2 pm.
Maryland, meanwhile, is 8-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference, the latter being the best mark at this stage in the program’s 26-year history. The Terrapins’ next match is on the road against Virginia Tech at 5 pm on Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Ken Harriford/KLH Photography.
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