For nearly thirty five minutes of game time last night, from the 41st minute to the 74th minute, the third-ranked Virginia women's soccer team looked poised to solidify their national ranking and snag the top spot in the ACC standings.
But then, disaster. Over a span of less than 13 minutes, the Terrapins would mount a furious rally that took them from a one-goal deficit to a two-goal lead. That would be way too much for the visiting Cavaliers to overcome and the Cavaliers would fall to a third-place tie with Duke in the ACC. Duke, the nation's #5 team, ironically visits Charlottesville this Sunday.
Sophomore Kaili Torres put Virginia ahead in the 41st minute when she gathered a deflected cross from classmate Danielle Colaprico and put it in the back of the net. It looked like the Cavaliers would hold on - until the 74th minute when a free kick from Maryland's Olivia Wagner deflected off a Wahoo defender and got past goalie Danielle DeLisle. As if she hadn't already put a knife into the Cavaliers' hearts, Wagner would score on another free kick 11 minutes later to give the Terrapins a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Danielle Hubka gave Maryland the insurance goal, using the Cavaliers' late-game press against them.
Virginia stands at 2-1-1 in the ACC, and, as mentioned, is tied with Duke for third place. Maryland has sole possession of first place with a 4-0-1 record. Florida State is undefeated on the season with a 3-0-0 (10-0-0 overall) record and is the #1 team in the country.
The Cavaliers return to Klöckner Stadium on Sunday at 2pm to take on the #5 Blue Devils and then host another top 15 team in Wake Forest next Friday at 7pm.