Top-Ranked Maryland Needs OT to Beat Wake Forest, 5-4
Nov. 5, 2010
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Top-seeded Maryland (18-1, 5-0) held off fifth-seeded Wake Forest (10-9, 1-4) 5-4 in double overtime Friday afternoon to advance to the ACC Championship game for the third straight year. Junior Jemma Buckley scored the game-winner in the third minute of the second overtime period.
Four-time ACC Offensive Player of the Year Katie O'Donnell scored the opening goal in the 23rd minute of the game when she scored off of her own rebounded shot. In the 32nd minute, she scored on a backdoor pass from Buckley off of a penalty corner setup. With three seconds remaining in the half, the Demon Deacons' Kaitlin Piosa scored off of a corner setup from Faith Adams and Lauren Greenwald to make the score 2-1 at half.
Two minutes into the second half, ACC Freshman of the Year Jill Witmer scored off of a rebounded shot on a corner play to give the Terps a 3-1 lead. Two and a half minutes later, Wake Forest's Kerry Ergen scored on a corner to cut Maryland's lead to one. Witmer scored the Terrapins' fourth goal with just under 10 minutes remaining on a high shot into the net. Piosa knotted the game at four with five seconds left in regulation time.
The Terps held the Deacons without a shot in both 15 minute overtime periods. Maryland had four corners in overtime, and 16 total on the day. On the fourth corner in overtime, Buckley converted off a pass from sophomore Megan Frazer to take the win. The Terrapins held the Demon Deacons to three corners all day.
Wake Forest goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf had 12 saves in the game. The Terrapins took 29 shots total, including seven in overtime. They held the Demon Deacons to just eight shots total.
Maryland will play the winner of Friday night's game with No. 2-seed North Carolina and No. 3-seed Virginia in the championship game. The Terps have won the last two ACC Championships and eight total under ACC Coach of the Year Missy Meharg.
Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live at noon on the ACC's regional network, RSN, which includes FSN South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and New England Sports Network. It will also be broadcast live online at WMUCSports.com and Gametracker live stats will be available.