No. 7 Virginia defeats No. 4 Maryland for first time in 14 years
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 7 Virginia upset No. 4 Maryland 3-2 Friday at Turf Field.
Midfielder Michelle Vittese scored the first goal of the game. Vittese moved the ball into the circle and fired a shot from the right into the left corner of the net to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead just over six minutes into the game.
Maryland, the defending national champion, scored the equalizer 13 minutes later when Katie Gerzabeck took a hard shot past Virginia goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone.
The first half of the game was evenly played with each team taking seven shots and each keeper making five saves. Going into halftime the score remained tied at one.
Maryland broke the deadlock 12 minutes into the second half. The Terrapins got the ball out ahead, setting up a one-on-one against Johnstone with Maryland’s Anna Desoye scoring to make it a 2-1 game.
Vittesse created another scoring opportunity for herself in the 53rd minute. Vittese sped past several defenders, setting up a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and knocked the ball in to tie the score.
Two minutes later, Vittese intercepted a Maryland pass and found Paige Selenski in the left midfield. Selenski raced past a defender, firing off a shot to put the team up 3-2.
Maryland chose to pull its goalkeeper with just under six minutes left in the game. Even with the man advantage, Maryland managed only one shot off a penalty corner. Katie Robinson blocked the shot.
“It was a typical Maryland-UVa kind of game: a lot of action and a lot of opportunities for both teams,” head coach Michele Madison said. “Great defense. Great skills. Those were three world-class goals we had. They were phenomenal. Michelle was determined. She doesn’t call herself a goal-scorer, but I think she proved to herself and everyone else [Friday] that she is a goal scorer.”
Maryland has won the last 14 meetings between the two teams, four of the last six wins coming in overtime. The last time Virginia defeated Maryland in Charlottesville was in 1998.
Vittese’s goals were her fourth and fifth of the season. She also blocked a Maryland shot off a penalty corner during a stretch of three consecutive penalty corners late in the second half.
“That was the hardest lead I have ever held,” Vittese said. “I had to actually calm myself. I kept looking at the clock. It was the slowest-moving seven minutes I have ever experienced. I was cramping. Everything was hurting. I said to Elly [Buckley] and the girls, ‘This is the time we could choke or this is the time when we can do something we have never done before and hold onto this.’ I think those words helped everyone tune in. Everything was super-clear and it was awesome. We were working really well together.”
Selenski’s goal was her team-leading 16th of the season. Johnstone finished the game with six saves, playing all 70 minutes.
The victory improves the Cavaliers’ record to 10-2. Maryland drops to 7-2. This is the second victory of the year for Virginia against a team ranked in the top five. The Cavaliers defeated then-ranked No. 3 Old Dominion 5-4 on Sept. 2.