Women’s Soccer Writer
The Maryland Terps had their title hopes crushed at the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas at home in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 3-2 in penalty kicks.
The Hoyas (14-6-2, 7-3-2 Big East) advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time, after winning the program’s first ever tournament game Friday over Siena just days earlier. The underdogs scored first on the Terps early in the second half from Camille Trujillo. Trujillo scored off a weird sequence of events where Georgetown’s Christina O’Tousa’s shot rebounded off the cross bar, bounced off a Terp, back into the goal post, then into Trujillo who converted her 13th goal of the year.
Georgetown simply outplayed the Terrapins in every facet of the game. They outshot the #1 seed 18 to 13, held a twelve to seven advantage in corners and their defense only needed keeper Jackie Desjardin to make one save. Yewande Balogun, on the other hand, was pressured heavily and recorded six saves for the game.
The Terps (17-2-2, 7-2-2 ACC) were able to salvage a tie in the 65th minute that carried over for two overtime periods. Sade Ayinde took a long ball from Caitlin McDowell and finished it from 25 yards out as Desjardin came off the line. It was her tenth of the year.
The shootout started poorly for the Lady Terps as Ayinde and Colleen Deegan both missed their shots. Emily Menges’ miss for the Hoyas kept Maryland in it who converted their 3rd and 4th attempts. But the Hoyas converted their next two as well putting the pressure on junior Ashley Grove to convert to keep her team alive.
In the end Grove couldn’t find the back of the net and the Lady Terps saw their first-ever No. 1 seed squandered, as well as one of their best seasons come to a disastrous end.
Player of the Game: Similar to the ACC Championship game, the opposing goalie wins this one. Jackie Desjardin did her job in preserving the tie before blocking three clutch penalty shots to secure a Sweet 16 trip.