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Nov. 5, 2010
CARY, N.C – Danielle Hubka’s running goal less than one minute into overtime lifted second-seeded Maryland to a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Boston College in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Terps (17-2-1) moved on to Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship game and will face fifth-seeded Wake Forest (12-7-2). Both teams will be going after their first-ever ACC Championship title.
Boston College (13-6-1) will await word on the NCAA Tournament pairings, which are scheduled to be released Monday at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Eagles entered the ACC Championship with an RPI of 6 and remain hopeful of being tabbed for a high seeding.
Hubka took a long pass from Skyy Anderson, streaked beyond BC’s backline and knocked her shot into the right side of the net with 9:05 showing on the clock to lift Maryland to its fifth win of the season over a fellow nationally-ranked opponent.
“We knew we wanted her on the filed,’ Maryland coach Brian Pensky said of Hubka, who scored her fifth goal of the year.
“Hubka is Maryland. She has guts, and she competes her tail off. You get into overtime, and it’s who gets a chance. Danielle is known for her toughness, but not necessarily her speed. But she got away and showed some composure on the finish. It was pretty cool.”
Pensky said his team was “fortunate,” particularly in the opening minutes of the match, when BC’s Kristie Mewis and Victoria DiMartino had shots blocked, and an attempt by Julia Bouchelle hit the crossbar.
“We were a little bit jittery,” Pensky said. “This was (BC’s) third straight year being in the semifinals, so they are a little bit more experienced in this arena than we are. I think we showed our nerves in the first five minutes, but then we settled down.”
Boston College outshot the Terps 15-11 and held a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun made six saves in goal, while Jill Mastroianni recorded four for the Eagles.
“It is unfortunate,” BC coach Alison Foley said. “I thought we created good chances, but it has sort of plagued us in all our losses where we couldn’t put chances away. If you don’t put those way, you are certainly waiting for overtime, and that is going to put you in a tough situation.”
Maryland will be playing in the ACC Championship title game for the third time. The Terps also reached the finals in 1995 and 1997 before losing to North Carolina on both occasions.