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Terps dominate Wake Forest in first round of NCAA Tournament

After a lot of time on Wake Forest’s half of the field, junior forward Linnea Gonzales, with a persistent pursuit of the ball, was able to take the ball away from a Wake Forest Defender before firing a backhanded shot in the top left corner of the cage to give the Terps a 1-0 lead in the first half.

That ended up being the game winner as the Terps dominated the Demon Deacons en route to a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon to move on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore midfielder Madison Maguire scored the other goal for Maryland.

The Terps came out sloppy to start the game, trying a bunch of long passes that ended up going out of bounds or on the stick of a Wake Forest player.

However, the Terps settled down and maintained possession for the majority of the first half, dominating play on the attacking end.

Eventually, it was Gonzales who gave the Terps the lead with her relentless press.

After that goal, Maryland continued to keep the ball out of the Demon Deacons’ hands for the majority of play. It was not until the 30:39 mark in the first half that Wake Forest registered a shot.

Wake Forest almost scored on that first shot and four seconds later, senior forward Rachel Hirsh fired one off the post, but that would be all the noise they made in the first half.

Both teams came out sloppy again in the second half, but Wake Forest did manage to spend some time on Maryland’s side of the field.

However, the combination of great Terps’ defense and bad passes from Wake Forest led to a poor performance by the Demon Deacon offense as they were only able to get three shots off the entire game.

Maryland did not play the best second half either on the offensive end, but it was a pass from junior forward Sabrina Rhodes to the front of the cage that allowed for Maguire to deflect the ball in past sophomore goalkeeper Isla Bint.

Bint finished the day with six saves and two goals allowed, while Terps’ junior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday finished with two saves.

Wake Forest did pull Bint out of net in the final minutes to gain an extra attacker, but they were not able to get anything going.

The win moves the Terps into the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second year in a row. They were shutout 3-0 by North Carolina last year.

This time, the Terps will face No. 2 Duke, who beat Miami of Ohio earlier today 4-2.

The game will be played at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Durham, North Carolina.

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