Maryland Downs Wake Forest in ACC Semifinals
Nov. 2, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CARY, N.C. - Second-seeded Maryland scored in the fifth minute and never looked back, going on to defeat third-seeded Wake Forest 2-0 on Friday in the semifinals of the ACC Championship on Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
Hayley Brock scored the opener for the Terrapins (13-5-2), who added a Becky Kaplan goal in the 53rd minute to secure the victory over the Demon Deacons (13-5-3).
"I'd like to congratulate Maryland on their win today and wish them good luck in the final," said head coach Tony da Luz. "They're a very good team, and they outplayed us today. I'm proud of our kids, we worked hard until the end, but it just wasn't our night."
Aubrey Bledsoe made five saves to help keep the Demon Deacons in the match. Wake Forest's best chances came on set pieces as Kim Marshall headed a corner kick off the cross bar and had another header cleared off the goal line by a Maryland defender.
Wake Forest now turns its attention to the NCAA Championship. The Demon Deacons will learn their first-round opponent on Monday during the selection show, which will be broadcast at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Hayley Brock gave Maryland the lead in the fifth minute. Becky Kaplan slipped a pass through to Brock, who fought off Wake Forest's defenders before putting a shot past Bledsoe.
The Deacons turned up the intensity at the end of the half, taking the final four shots of the period. Kim Marshall had the best opportunity with seconds remaining, heading a Katie Stengel corner kick on goal but a Maryland defender cleared the shot off the line.
Maryland doubled the lead in the 53rd minute. Becky Kaplan came free on a breakaway, put her initial shot off of the right post, but then finished her own rebound to make the score 2-0.