Georgetown surprises top-seeded Maryland in NCAA women's soccer tournament; Terrapins men win ACC tournament

By Andy Marso
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, November 14, 2010; 11:09 PM

Georgetown goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin spent most of Sunday's NCAA College Cup second-round matchup at Ludwig Field watching her Maryland counterpart, Yewande Balogun, get more of the action.

But when the game went to penalty kicks tied 1-1, DesJardin knew the spotlight would be on her, as well.

"I was definitely nervous," DesJardin said. "But I felt like if my team was going to make them, I had a duty to at least save a couple."

DesJardin stopped the first two kicks she faced and the top-seeded Terrapins never caught up. Unseeded Georgetown earned a 3-2 upset win on penalties and advanced to the round of 16.

"They just worked their butts off against a team that's one of the top four teams in the country," Georgetown Coach Dave Nolan said. "To come in here and beat them in front of their own fans, I've got to give credit to my kids."

Georgetown was coming off its first NCAA win in team history and created more scoring chances early against a Maryland team that Coach Brain Pensky said was wracked by a stomach flu.

The Hoyas outshot the Terrapins 17-9 in regulation and had an 11-5 edge in corner kicks.

Georgetown's build-up led to Camille Trujillo's team-leading 13th goal in the 50th minute. Christina O'Tousa's shot banged off the crossbar, hit a Maryland defender and Trujillo was able to get just enough of her head and chest on it to send it trickling in off the left post.

"I just tried to get my body in there and get it into the goal," Trujillo said. "I didn't really see it go in, actually."

Trujillo's shot barely got under the arm of Balogun. The Maryland keeper, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt, made six saves in the run of play and one in the penalty kicks.

"Yewande, she did great," Pensky said. "She's done great all throughout our league play and the NCAA tournament."

The Terrapins' attack grew stronger as the game went on and Sade Ayinge forced overtime with a goal in the 64th minute. With her back to the goal, Ayinge took a pass from senior captain Caitlin McDowell, spun clear of a defender and buried a shot from 25 yards out past an onrushing DesJardin.

The final outcome came down to inches, with Ashley Grove's penalty kick banging off the right post and out.

Pensky said half his seniors were "absolutely in shock" and the other half were "destroyed" after the game. They led the program to its first No. 1 seed and, with an 18-2-3 final record, the best winning percentage in team history.

Georgetown (14-6-2) moves on to face Minnesota in the round of 16, making team history of its own every step of the way.

"It's just so exciting, I don't know," Trujillo said. "Words can't explain it right now."

l VIRGINIA 3, SOUTH CAROLINA 0: The Cavaliers advanced to the round of 16 for the sixth consecutive season, shutting out the Gamecocks in Charlottesville. Virginia (15-4-2) will host Ohio State on Saturday.

Terps men win ACC

Matt Kassel converted an early penalty kick and Maryland held off severe pressure in the second half to defeat top-seeded North Carolina, 1-0, in the ACC men's soccer final in Cary, N.C.

In claiming their fourth conference title, the second-seeded Terrapins (17-2-1) extended their winning streak to 13 and claimed an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The 48-team field will be unveiled Monday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Maryland is certain to receive a bye and host a second-round game Sunday.

- Steven Goff

l BUCKNELL 2, AMERICAN 0: For the second straight season, the Eagles' bid for the Patriot League title ended at the hands of the Bison.

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