#10 Maryland Mounts 3-1 Comeback Win Against #3 Virginia

Senior Olivia Wagner (left) scored two goals but here plays her more familiar role of defensive midfielder

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.

A scenario very similar to this one, where Alexis Prior-Brown was trying to break through the back line but was tripped, led to Maryland's first goal

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.

Wagner takes a shot

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.

'Hoos defender Molly Menchel tries to make a play on Ashley Spivey

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.

UVA goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle makes a successful clear this time

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.

Other coverage:
Equalizer Soccer: Maryland tops Virginia 3-1 behind Wagner’s brace
Maryland Terrapins: Wagner’s Two Goals Lifts Terps Over #3 UVA
Virginia Cavaliers: Maryland Uses Late Rally to Down Virginia 3-1

7 thoughts on “#10 Maryland Mounts 3-1 Comeback Win Against #3 Virginia

  1. Jersey shore

    Is there a reason why you did not name the UVA player who handed the ball on the second free kick (Caroline Miller), or the defender who was striped of the ball while dribbling that caused the jail break for the 3rd goal (Morgan Stith) ? Seems that the so called top players are always praised but never critiqued for their bad decisions hence the same names are constantly be recylced for awards. Too bad for UVA that NCAA rules do not limit subs to 3 so Swanson would stop the constant fiddling and hence ruin their chemistry. The bottom line is a Maryland team beat 11 (17 with subs) individuals.

    1. Kevin Parker Post author

      I assure you I never deliberately hide names, but as an unofficial reporter (no press box access) I’m limited in what I can do. If I notice who does something notable, I’ll mention it. And with Maryland I think I do fairly well because I’ve followed the team enough to be familiar with the players. With the visiting teams it’s a lot harder, though, particularly in situations like the two that you mention where it’s not clear until a little while later just how significant the incident was. Unless names are named – as in Julia Roberts committing the yellow-card foul that led to the first goal – it’s not always easy to figure out.

      Anyhow, I’ll keep working on it and try to improve. I agree that that’s significant information that should be included whenever possible.

    2. huh?

      Jersey Shore-

      Are you saying that the college subbing rules interfere with all college play – or just with the chemistry on certain teams – in this case UVA?

      If you check the timing of the UVA goal you would see it followed two or three sets of Maryland subs while the newly arrived players were still trying to get in sync (I don’t mean to criticize the subs here) so one could argue that all teams play under the same disadvantage.

      Or is your point that there are too many individuals playing on the UVA team? – (something that I didn’t particularly notice during the game) because Swanson doesn’t play his starting 11 together as much as he might?

      Do you mean this has something to do with “stars” not working together as well as they should while the Maryland team works together? (Hence your request for identification of those making mistakes?)

  2. Steve c

    For Jersey shore, I’ll name ALL the names: Stith, Sonnet, Corrollo, Menchel, Fisher – all were excellent in shutting down Md. In fact, thru 80 mins, I hardly recall a completed Md pass in the final third. By contrast, UVA held much better midfield possession and looked like they could have and should have put the game to bed within the first 20 or so mins of the second half. However, UVA lacked urgency and intensity. The ref allowed UVA’s Doniak to be pushed down just before she ran onto a through pass near the top of the box (great pass by Morgan Brian), and then allowed Ashley Spivey to give a frustrated two-handed, arms fully extended push to regain possession (from Menchel, Hollenberg, or Colaprico), which fired up the crowd and her teammates. Then, on a clear foul by Roberts at 40 yards, Wagner chipped in a pass that was headed in by UVA (a clear own goal, and should not be given as Wagner’s goal at all). Maryland gained confidence from that. On a corner kick or sideline free kick, Miller was one of several who tried to clear a bouncing ball away from the top of the box and it inadvertently struck her hand. It was not a poor decision by Miller, just bad luck. Wagner then struck a free kick that Carli Lloyd can only dream of ever striking. That prompted Swanson to go to a 3-3-4, as there was only a few minutes left. And then Stith lost possession on the weak side (without a lot of passing options at that moment) and Md quickly countered for a goal.

    Maryland is punching above their weight, and good for them, but I believe their ” kick and run to Brock ” approach will be found wanting in the weeks ahead and certainly by the time the NCAA tourney begins. Indeed, they had no run of play goal against UVA, unless one counts the counter after UVA switched to 3 defenders and took risks. Maryland’s outside backs are well above average defensively, and credit to them, but I expect many teams will control the center midfield against Md and create chances from there (look for a player like BC’s McCaffrey to do well vs. Md, with service from Mewis or DiMartino).

    1. Kevin Parker Post author

      I’d disagree on the “own goal” issue – the ball was clearly on net before it was redirected by the UVA player. Generally an own goal is only awarded if the ball is defensively redirected into the net when it would otherwise have gone off-target.

      On the other hand, I thought the handball call on Miller was dubious and could have been disregarded as ball-to-hand. But boy did Wagner make the most of the opportunity.

      (Sorry for the late approval – I don’t check the pending comments list often enough.)

  3. Jersey shore

    Steve c , everyone has different standards as to what excellence is. Also let me know when they change the length of the game to 80 minutes.


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