Women’s Soccer Writer
The #3 Maryland Terps downed the #9 ACC-leading Florida State Seminoles with two goals in the second half to earn a 2-1 win at Ludwig Field Thursday night.
Maryland (14-2-1, 6-2-1 ACC) came out the aggressor in the first half, outshooting the Seminoles 11 to 6 and holding a 3-2 advantage in corners. But FSU’s 10th ranked goals per game defense held the half to a 0-0 tie.
Florida State’s (12-4-1, 6-2-1 ACC) patience paid off and scored in the opening minutes of the second half. Janice Cayman took a cross from the left side of the field from Casey Short in the 47th minute and shot the one timer past Yewande Balogun for a 1-0 lead. It was Cayman’s 9th goal of the season.
Eleven minutes later the Lady Terps produced an offensive spurt that won them the game.
Domenica Hodak, fresh off her one game suspension for a red card against Wake Forest, took a hard foul that set up a free kick in the 58th minute. Colleen Deegan blasted the equalizer past Kelsey Wys to the left side for a 1-1 tie. It was her third on the year.
Three minutes later in the 61st, team leader Jasmyne Spencer displayed nifty footwork, dribbling into the right side before finishing from 15 yards out on the left side of the goal for the game winner. It was Spencer’s 9th goal of the season, giving her sole possession as goal leader for the Terps.
The Seminoles managed to get off seven more shots, but none could be converted, and the Terrapins recorded their second top ten win in as many games. They have consecutively beaten the two top teams in the ACC standings.
This win strengthens their chances of bringing home an ACC regular season championship, with one regular season game remaining; a home matchup with Miami on Sunday Oct. 31. The Terps trail North Carolina by two points in the conference standings.
Player of the Game: Even thought Colleen Deegan scored the equalizer that shifted the Terps momentum towards a win, Jasmyne Spencer takes the award with her game winner in the 61st minute. She accounted for six of the team’s fourteen shots.