No. 18 Maryland cruises by La Salle
Terrapins blow open tight game with four second-half goals
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Hayley Brock scored twice and added an assist to lead 18th-ranked Maryland to a 5-1 victory against La Salle in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins improve to 11-5-4 on the season, while the Explorers finish their campaign with a mark of 15-2-3.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play on a successful penalty kick by senior Ashley Grove. Junior Danielle Hubka was fouled inside the La Salle 18-yard box to give the Terrapins the PK opportunity.
The lead didn't hold long as the Explorer's Renee Washington tied the match at 1-1 just three minutes later, by capitalizing on a Maryland turnover in its defensive third of the field.
The game remained tied through halftime, but not much longer as Maryland was awarded another penalty kick when senior Jasmyne Spencer was taken down inside the Explorer box. Junior Olivia Wagner took the kick this time and converted to put the Terrapins ahead 2-1 in the 50th minute.
Maryland's first goal in the run of play didn't come until the 84th minute when Brock netted her first goal to make it a 3-1 game. Brock played a give-and-go game with Hubka just outside the La Salle 18-yard box. Brock took the final pass away from a defender and finished it from in close.
Brock added her second goal just two minutes later, finishing off a rebound off of a shot by junior Megan Gibbons that bounced off the crossbar.
Hubka finished off the wild second half for the Terrapins by tallying Maryland's fifth goal of the game in the 89th minute. Brock flicked the ball onto Hubka, who then finished the opportunity into the right side of the Explorer net.
Maryland's senior goalkeeper Yewande Balogun made six saves in the win.