Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
A late Terrapin rally doomed Virginia's chances at taking over first place in the ACC.
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.