I had to sleep on this one so I could write about this game with some objectivity. The Terps were not sharp in their 1-0 overtime loss to Miami last night but more on that in a moment. Usually, I don't like to blame officiating when a game goes against a team I'm supporting but I'm going to make an exception in this case. Thursday night the officials on the field seemed to be watching a different game than the one those attending were seeing. Not only did they make several questionable offsides calls but more important to the outcome they allowed some very physical play while calling fouls on apparently minor contact. The upshot of all this physical play exploded in the 87th minute when a Miami defender wrestled the Terps Haley Brock to the ground and was whistled for a foul. After being shoved again while she was down Brock got up in anger and the incident escalated. At one point during the melee, Miami's Mia Brennan took a cheap shot on Brock from behind shoving her hard to the grown. The clueless officials managed to dole out 3 red cards 2 to Miami (Brennan not being one) and one to Haley Brock. This will leave the Terps without their top goal scorer for Sunday's senior day showdown with top ranked Florida State.
The Terps looked sharp early with Freshman Ashley Spivey getting off a terrific shot just a minute into the game that sailed just high and Haley Brock getting off a bullet from just outside the box that was nicely saved by the Miami keeper in the 7th minute . From that point on, Miami was more aggressive throughout earning two corners in the 10th and 11th minutes, applying defensive pressure and cutting off passing lanes even sometimes bring all 10 field players into the offensive zone. The effect of the pressure was compounded by some less than sharp passing from the Terps. Redshirt freshman goalie Rachelle Beanlands made a wonderful recovery and save in the 18th minute when her attempt to clear ended up at the feet of a Miami player. Both teams had a few chances in the second half with the Terps earning a corner in the 90th minute but the game ended regulation tied 0-0.
Despite being a player down, Miami continued their aggressive play in the overtime and the Terps were unable to take advantage of their opportunity.Following another questionable offsides call, Miami's goalie took a free kick from about 10 yards short of midfield. The ball sailed high and Beanlands collided with another Terp in her effort to intercept the pass just inside the box. the ball dribbled behind them and Miami was able to knock in the empty net goal. The Terps will take on undefeated and untied FSU at 1 pm on Sunday.
But before that, the Terps #1 ranked men's soccer team faces off against 2nd ranked UNC at 6 pm tonight at Ludwig Field ansixth ranked field hockey takes on top ranked UNC at 1 pm onSaturday at the FH & Lax complex. Oh, and there's the matter of a little football game against NSCU at Byrd later Saturday afternoon.
I want to end this post by giving a shout out to coach Terry McCoy and the Terps wrestling team who have the annual black and red wrestle offs on the 27th of October and their first duals of the year on November 4. Coach McCoy recently signed a 5 year extension and was voted on to the USA Wrestling Board of Directors. Josh Asper was selected to wrestle in the 174 pound match at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic and the Terps were ranked 15th in WIN magazine's pre-season power index.
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