Women’s Soccer Writer
Physical and aggressive play defined this match. Perhaps caused by Athletic Director Debbie Yow’s departure from Maryland to NC State, there was obviously bad blood between the two teams, who combined for 20 fouls on the night.
The Terps (11-1-1, 3-1-1 ACC) controlled the tempo of the game early in the half, getting off shots from Danielle Hubka, Jasmyne Spencer and Ashley Grove. But N.C State settled and stifled Maryland’s attack to close out a scoreless first half.
The Terrapins, however, were determined to crack the Wolfpack defense. Within a span of ten minutes the Lady Terps forced Wolfpack goalie, Kim Kerns, to make three saves. Their persistence paid off in the 67th minute.
Junior forward Jasmyne Spencer had been relatively quiet in the past few games. Today, she was able to make some noise. Spencer took a one-timer in front of the goal from defender Megan Gibbons for the eventual game winner. It was her sixth goal of the season.
N.C State (7-7-0, 1-4 ACC) grew more desperate by the minute and their aggressive approach backfired in the 80th minute. Defender Alyson Santilli received a yellow card for her physical play signaling the frustration for the Wolfpack had reached its boiling point.
In the end Maryland’s attack proved to much for the N.C State defense, forcing Kerns into five saves. The Terps’ defense snuffed whatever Wolfpack attack there was and Terps keeper Yewande Balogun had any easy game with two saves.
The Lady Terps return home for a match up with the Clemson Tigers on Thursday night.