On another beautiful October day in Maryland, we were able to catch the second half of the women's regular season finale against Miami. With players on their roster from McLean, Fairfax, and Columbia, the Hurricanes gave the Terps a scare in front of a significant number of away supporters at Ludwig.
Miami matched Maryland's early goal shortly into the second half and effectively bottled up the Terps offense until a well-taken headed goal from junior Lydia Hastings put the game away.
Hastings gave them the lead, but Yewande Balogun again won the game with fearless play in goal. Shortly after Maryland's second goal, Miami's senior striker Brittney Steinbruch beat Maryland's defense on a run with the ball at her feet and had Balogun one on one with a great opportunity to tie things up, but the Terps' keeper came out quickly, forced Steinbruch to make a quick decision. Even then, Steinbruch got off a good shot that Balogun parried with her right arm.
At the end of the match, Steinbruch had to be consoled by teammates. I hope it was not because of the missed shot, as she did everything right on the play -- Balogun just made a very, very good reaction save.
If Maryland is selected to host a game in the NCAA tournament, it will apparently be played Friday, November 12th. That will eliminate, for me, any thoughts of heading up to Harrison for the Big East tournament. The chance to see Jasymne Spencer's stepover one more time this season is too good to pass up.