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Oct. 26, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland junior forward Sade Ayinde has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week after her performance in the Terrapins’ historic win over second-ranked and two-time defending national champion North Carolina on Sunday.
Ayinde scored both goals in the final 13 minutes as the Terps came from behind to defeat the Tar Heels, 2-1, at UNC’s Fetzer Field. Maryland’s win came against a North Carolina team that had won six straight games and entered the match leading the ACC.
The win was the Terps’ third over a top-10 opponent this season, but their first-ever over UNC. Prior to Sunday’s win, Maryland was 0-30-1 all-time vs. the Tar Heels.
UNC took an early 1-0 lead, but Ayinde tied the game in the 78th minute when she ran onto a long kick by Terp keeper Yewande Balogun and finished with a beautiful one-timer with the outside of her right foot into the right side of the Tar Heel goal.
The game remained tied until the 85th minute, when a foul on Maryland’s Jasmyne Spencer just outside the UNC 18 gave the Terps a free kick. Ayinde calmly stepped to the ball and sent a low shot under the wall that found the back of the net.
Ayinde, of North Bellmore, N.Y., also figured in the Terps’ lone goal vs. Wake Forest earlier in the week, setting up Ashley Grove’s score with an assist in the 73rd minute.
In addition to the ACC Player of the Week honor, Ayinde joined Duke’s Laura Weinberg as a CollegeSoccer360 Primetime Performer of the Week. Ayinda, Weinberg and Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell were also named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
Maryland enters the final week of the regular season at 5-2-1 in conference play, with the five ACC wins setting a school record.