Oct. 7, 2010

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md.- Senior Colleen Deegan got on the end of a corner kick with eight seconds left in regulation and finished with a sharp header to give the No. 5/7 University of Maryland women's soccer team a 2-1 victory at No. 2/4 Boston College Thursday night.

The win is the 16th all-time for the Terps over a top 10 opponent and the second-ranked Eagles are the highest ranked team Maryland has ever defeated. The Terrapins are now 10-1-1 on the season and 2-1-1 in ACC play. Boston College falls to 9-2-1 overall, 2-2-0 in the conference.

"We have a very resilient group," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "Last Sunday's result at Virginia Tech has been eating at our kids all week. We were determined to come up here and compete hard, for 90 minutes, and give ourselves a chance to win."

After a scoreless first half that saw Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun make five saves, the Eagle drew first blood on Kristie Mewis' 12th goal of the year in the 61st minute.

The Terps answered back in the 76th minute on junior Amy O'Sullivan's second goal of the year. A rebound off of a cross by sophomore Megan Gibbons was loose inside the BC six-yard box and O'Sullivan found enough free space to get to it and finish it into the Eagle net. O'Sullivan and Gibbons had each started every match this season prior to this game, but came off the bench to net the tying goal.

"The character of our individuals and our team is very, very strong," said Pensky. "We had contributions tonight from kids who have been left off the travel roster in the past, and kids who were told this morning that, for the first time this season, they weren't starting tonight. And that's tough. But again, our individuals and our team are resilient, and they really understand what this is all about. And that's great to see."

The match appeared headed for overtime as the clock ticked down, but the Terps earned a corner kick with less than a minute remaining. Junior Ashley Grove rushed over to the corner and sent the ball to the far post where Deegan got off a clean header that found the back of the net, stunning the No. 2 Eagles.

Boston College controlled much of the run of play in the first half and out-shot the Terps, 9-7. But, Maryland continued to work and held an 8-7 shot advantage over the final 45 minutes of play.

Balogun finished the match with seven saves, while Eagle keeper Jill Mastroianni had four stops.

Deegan, Grove and junior Jasmyne Spencer each had three shots to pace the Terps' offense.

Maryland wraps up its three-game road trip on Sunday when it heads to Raleigh, N.C., to take on NC State in match that's slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Dail Soccer Field.

Game Notes:

  • Ashley Grove's assist gives her 43 points for her career, moving her into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time points list.
  • Grove's assist is the 11th of her career, moving her into a seven-way tie for 16th on the all-time assists list.
  • Jasmyne Spencer's three shots give her 127 for her career, moving her into a tie for 10th on the all-time shots list with Kelly Rozumalski.