Women’s Soccer Beat Writer
The Maryland women’s soccer team were handed their first loss of the season, falling to a middling Virginia Tech team 1-0 in Blacksburg on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Terrapins’ 10-game undefeated streak.
Virginia Tech (7-5-0, 1-2 ACC) came out on the aggressive and controlled the tempo for most of the game. Tech was given plenty of opportunities in the first half from crosses but failed to finish. The Hokies worked Terps’ goalie Yewande Balogun, who responded with two nice saves. She finished with three on the day.
Maryland hoped to take advantage of Tech’s freshmen goalie, Dayle Colpitts, but she had a superb game, saving three shots in the first half of her shutout. The Terps would end with 14 shots taken to Tech’s 13.
After a scoreless first half, the home team came out aggressive again, which paid off in the 52nd minute. Tech’s Ashley Manning found herself on the receiving end of a brilliantly placed lob from Kelly Conheeney, sending it to the right side of the net past Balogun for her second goal of the year.
The lead was almost pushed to two in the 62nd minute on a series of shots off a Conheeney corner. Jennifer Harvey laid a pretty shot that was met by the post for a lucky Maryland break.
The Terps rebounded with a series of close shots of their own from Hubka, Ashley Grove and Skyy Anderson. Their best chance came off what would have been an incredible score from Sade Ayinde had it not been for a diving Colpitts. The defense tightened and Colpitts did not have to make any saves in the final 10 minutes. She would finish with five.
Maryland (9-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) stays on the road with a highly anticipated matchup with #1 Boston College (Soccer America) in Chestnut Hill on Oct. 7.
Player of the Game: Freshman Dayle Colpitts played one of the best games of her career against a highly ranked Maryland team and recorded her third shutout of the year. She made difficult saves in preserving her team’s upset.