Maryland's #11, senior Olivia Wagner, was honored before the match and provided the best scoring chances for the Terrapins
The Florida State Seminoles got an 86th-minute goal from their leading scorer Tiffany McCarty, which was enough to squeak out a 1-0 victory over the hosting Maryland Terrapins and clinch first place in the ACC. Maryland, however, should take some consolation in hanging tough against the team that was #1 in the nation before Thursday night despite being without their own leading scorer, Hayley Brock, who received a red card in her previous match.
I went to the fights, and a women’s soccer match broke out. That’s how some of us felt after Thursday’s game, in which the Hurricanes downed the Terrapins, 1-0, on a goal scored eight minutes into overtime after three players were ejected.
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.
Maryland defender Shade Pratt would play a key role in shutting down Clemson's attack. Here she's taking on forward Liska Dobberstein.
The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Clemson Tigers, 4-1, at home for their second straight ACC win. The Maryland defense once again all but eliminated any clear scoring opportunities, with Clemson’s lone goal off a set piece.
Hayley Brock scores the game-winning goal for the Terrapins
The sixth-ranked University of North Carolina brought three of the heroines of the recently concluded U-20 Women’s World Cup to Ludwig Field: forward Kealia Ohai, defender Crystal Dunn, and goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin. It didn’t matter. In a hard-fought, physical, defensive match to open ACC competition for both teams, Maryland all but shut down the Carolina attack and prevailed, 2-1.
Terrapin senior Olivia Wagner prepares to head the ball (Photo courtesy of KLH Photography)
The Maryland Terrapins had an easy time of it against the Towson Tigers, cruising to a 5-0 win with two long-distance goals from senior Olivia Wagner, who also started the play that lead to the initial goal.
The striking vista at the Naval Academy's Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
The Maryland Women don’t actually have a home game until next month, so if I was going to see them, I needed to hit the road. Fortunately, the road wasn’t all that far: a half-hour drive to Annapolis, MD, then a shuttle bus ride to the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, a pitch beautifully situated on the shores of the Severn River.
Unsurprisingly, Maryland would win, 3-0, on the strength of two goals from senior forward Becky Kaplan. That being said, the first half was not pretty soccer on either side. Turnovers and off-target passes abounded, with some of Navy’s best chances coming when Terrapin defenders’ attempted clearances went right to the feet of Middie forwards.