No. 13 Deacons Downed by Terrapins 2-1
Sept. 23, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Maryland took only five shots against No. 13 Wake Forest, but two of them found the back of the net to give the Terrapins a 2-1 win over the Demon Deacons on Sunday at Spry Stadium.
Wake Forest (8-3-1, 2-2-0) outshot Maryland 18-5 and had 12 corner kicks, compared to none for the Terrapins (7-2-2, 2-2-0 ACC), but was unable to score until the 85th minute when Kim Marshall deflected a Katie Stengel pass past the goalkeeper to spark an attempted comeback that eventually came up short.
Maryland had taken an early lead in the 10th minute when Hayley Brock took advantage of some sloppy defense by the Deacons and scored on her own rebound. The Terrapins pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute on a counterattack that was led by Alex Reed, with Becky Kaplan ultimately providing the finish.
The Terrapins remained unbeaten in ACC play and cemented their spot atop the conference standings with 10 points through their first four games.
Aubrey Bledsoe yielded multiple goals for the first time this season, taking the loss in goal for the Demon Deacons, while Rachelle Beanlands earned the win for the Terrapins.
Brock took advantage of a misplay by the Wake Forest defense to score the game's opening goal in the 11th minute. Brock took a shot that was blocked by the Demon Deacons, but the rebound wasn't cleared, and Brock found it and finished from eight yards.
Katie Stengel had a great opportunity for Wake Forest just after half time when she came within inches of getting onto the end of a cross at the far post with a vacant net in front of her.
The Terrapins doubled their lead on a counterattack in the 69th minute. With the most of the Wake Forest players pushed forward for a corner kick, the ball came back to the lone defender back who turned it over to Maryland's Alex Reed, giving her an unimpeded path to goal. The Demon Deacon defense partially recovered but two quick passes by Maryland found Kaplan out wide who finished one-on-one with Aubrey Bledsoe for the goal.
Wake Forest pulled one back in the 85th minute when Marshall's deflection of a Katie Stengel cross clattered off of the cross bar before making its way over the goal line.
The Demon Deacons will return to action next Sunday, September 30, when they host Clemson at 1 p.m. at Spry Stadium.