Aug 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Villanova Wildcats nearly pulled the upset over No. 17 Maryland and held a 2-1 advantage over the Terps for nearly 43 minutes, but a late surge pushed UMD to a 4-2 win in College Park at Ludwig Field. Freshman Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) netted goals for Villanova in the early minutes of the first half but the effort wouldn't sustain as the Wildcats fell to 0-1-1 on the season while Maryland improved to 2-0-0.
Martin led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist while senior goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) posted eight saves in the contest, making it the second-highest save total for the keeper in her collegiate career.
Villanova made the most of their opportunities in the opening minutes to give themselves the early lead. Marino connected off a Martin assist with a low shot from the 18 to get the Wildcats on board at 1-0. Just four minutes later, Martin struck again off a Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.) assist when the Maryland keeper game off her line and Martin finished the ball from close range.
Maryland would go on to counter and close the gap at 2-1 in the 39th minute when Shannon Collins fed an open Cory Ryan for the score, finishing to the near post on the left side.
In the 51st minute, the tone of contest shifted when junior Kathryn Rayner (Needham, Mass.) found herself in a one-on-one situation and, being the last field player in position, denied Maryland a scoring opportunity and was given a red card. Villanova would go on to continue the contest with one player down for the remaining 39 minutes of play against a potent Terp offense.
Despite the turn of events, Villanova continued to play stellar defense and denied Maryland's scoring opportunities time and time again. In the 76th minute, sophomore Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) notched a team save when she headed Erika Joab's shot out of harm's way from the goal line to keep Villanova's hopes alive.
Maryland notched the game-tying score in the 82nd minute when Hayley Brock netted the first of her three goals when she finished into an open net after Kranich came off her line to play the ball. Just two minutes later, the Terps took the go-ahead goal off a one-on-one and capped off the contest with their final score in the 86th minute with a finish to the low right side.
Villanova will continue on with their tough non-conference slate later this week when they make the short trek to Philadelphia, Pa. to face the Drexel Dragons at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 30th. They'll conclude their three-game week on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Sunday, September 1st at West Campus Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.