Thursday night's Maryland women's soccer game at Syracuse didn't get a lot of coverage and unlike the game at Florida State didn't have an ESPN3 replay I could watch. However, I can report that the Terps finished their three game road trip with a 2-1 record coming home from theis first ever game against Syracuse with an important 3-1 win.
For those of you who are interested, I will provide a general outline of what transpired on a chilly night in upper New York State. Watching the play by play it seems that the Terps controlled the run of play for the first half. They outshot the Orange six to one and had two corner kicks to one for Syracuse. The home team had their only corner in the fifth minute but it didn't result in a shot. In fact, between the Terrapins' apparent ball control and solid defensive play, Syracuse's only shot - which went high - didn't come until 2:01 remained in the half. Meanwhile, Both Hayley Brock and Ashley Spivey managed shots on goal with Brock's coming in the sixteenth minute and Spivey's in the twenty-eighth. The Terps finally broke through in the thirty fifth minute when Aubrey Baker picked up a cleared cross just outside the box and knocked in her first goal since the October third game against NC State. Maryland held the 1-0 lead into the break.
Syracuse evened the game early in the second half scoring on a penalty kick in the forty ninth minute. Just over eight minutes later, Brock put the Terps back on top scoring the game winner by chipping the ball over Syracuse goalkeeper Brittany Anghel on a pass from Spivey. In the sixty-ninth minute Maryland got an insurance goal on a set piece when Kristen Schmidbauer headed in the corner kick from Shannon Collins. The goal was the first of the season for the senior from Woodbine. Although the Orange managed a corner in the eighty-first minute, the play-by-play gave no indication that Syracuse ever really threatened to close the gap.
The win moves Maryland's record to 9-8 on the season and 5-6 in ACC play. The Terps finish the regular season and ACC slate with two home games. The first comes Sunday afternoon when they host Boston College at 1 pm. Maryland then wraps up their slate when the Pittsburgh Panthers come to College Park for a 7 pm kickoff Thursday night. BC currently sits at 4-6-1 in ACC play while the Panthers are winless in the league. Wins in both games would assure the Terps of a top eight finish and a spot in the ACC Tournament.