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Nov. 3, 2010
CARY, N.C. - The second-seeded Maryland Terrapins blanked the seventh-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 1-0, Wednesday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament for the first time since 2003.
“This is exciting for our kids,” said Maryland coach Brian Pensky. “It’s new to our kids in terms of getting to the semifinals of the ACC Championship. We take this conference very seriously; we take this championship very seriously.”
Senior Molly Dreska gave the nation’s third-ranked team the edge in the 71st minute when her shot from 25 yards out slipped under the crossbar and beyond the reach of Duke’s leaping goalkeeper, Tara Campbell.
“I’m happy for Molly, who has been here for five years,” Pensky said. “For her to get the game winner and lead us into the semifinals on Friday night, it’s pretty outstanding. Our kids have been second-half warriors in the second half of the season and throughout ACC play. I’m a lucky coach because I sit back and watch as we are either tied or down a goal in the second half, as was the case tonight, and somebody steps up and makes a play. Tonight it was Molly.”
Duke had its chances, out-shooting the Terrapins 18-7. ACC All-Freshmen midfielder Kaitlyn Kerr led all players with four shots, including two shots on goal, but the Blue Devils were unable to get the ball past Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun. The junior notched four saves in her third shutout of the season.
“We had 18 shots, but only had five on goal,” said Duke coach Robbie Church. “We passed up opportunities. Some of our younger players, this is the first time they’ve been in this environment, and I think that had an effect on us. We will learn from this game.”
Maryland (16-2-1) has won four consecutive matches and seven of its last eight contests. It will face the winner of Wednesday night’s match between third-seeded Virginia and sixth-seeded Boston College at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Duke fell to 10-7-3 and will await Monday’s NCAA selection show, which will be televised live by ESPNU at approximately 4:30 p.m.