There was a battle of top 10 women’s soccer in College Park Thursday night and the Terps came up on top. The #5/7 Terps prevailed 3-2 over visiting #6/9 Virginia Cavaliers in a rain soaked ACC matchup. The win keeps the Lady Terps undefeated through 10 games (9-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC).
Lydia Hastings, Maryland’s sophomore midfielder, sent a heater from the top of the penalty box into the back of the Wahoos’ goal three minutes in. The goal probably doesn’t happen without the superstar effort from junior forward Jasmyne Spencer.
Virginia was shut out until the 50th minute when Caroline Miller scored off a rebound, yet the Terps were not ones to settle for a tie and wrestled back the lead off a penalty kick from junior forward Sade Ayinde.
The Cavs wanted to get in on the PK action and were awarded one in the 66th when sophomore midfielder Domenica Hodak caught an unlucky bounce in the arm and a handball was called. Goalie Yewande Balogun guessed correctly on the PK but Megan Lenczyk’s shot still hit net.
With the game locked 2-2, Maryland fans must have been reliving last year’s heartbreaking last-second equalizer that tied the score at 2 in Charlottesville.
However, there would be no tie on this rainy night. Sophomore midfielder and Player of the Game Danielle Hubka laced a header off Olivia Wagner’s corner for the game winner in the 74th minute.
The Lady Terps travel to Blacksburg, Va. for a pivotal ACC game against the Hokies Sunday, Oct. 3.