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Wake Forest defeats Maryland on penalty kicks to win first ACC women's soccer title

By Steve Goff

Wake Forest won its first ACC women's soccer championship Sunday, defeating Maryland in a penalty kick tiebreaker 3-1 after a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes.

Freshman Aubrey Bledsoe stopped three of four attempts by the second-seeded Terrapins at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. On Friday, the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons upset No. 1 seed North Carolina 5-4 after a 1-1 tie.

Wake earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Maryland, which was 15-2-1 in the regular season, is also certain to receive an invitation to the 64-team event. The brackets will be unveiled Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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Maryland went ahead in the fifth minute when Lydia Hastings crossed to junior Ashley Grove for a 12-yard one-timer into the far side. It was her ninth goal of the season. However, Wake drew even 14 minutes later when freshman Katie Stengel collected Bianca D'Agostino's through ball at the top of the box and beat advancing goalkeeper Yewande Balogun.

The Terrapins could've gone ahead 90 seconds into the second half, but Molly Dreska's clear header, set up by Hastings's cross, missed the near side. In the 73rd minute, Balogun made a spectacular save, touching a header off the crossbar.

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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I expect that College Park, Charlottesville, and morning Morgantown will all be among the 16 host sites for the first two rounds. Georgetown, JMU, and perhaps Virginia Tech will be lower seeds, and probably traveling to one of those venues, as the NCAA gives great weight to geography in placing lower seeds.

And remember that Wake got started on its way when Florida State all but threw its first-round match:

Posted by: universityandpark | November 7, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Send Aubrey Bledsoe to Cancun. The Ticas will play for the PKs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Set your DVR, VCR, and PCR machines.

USA-Costa Rica
6 p.m. ET

Add extra time (see comment above).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to watch that game. I presume JP and Foudy? Well, half of that disappoints me.

Also can't wait to watch this game. Anyone else here?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 7, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Beckham is here, big time.

If you don't appreciate this guy, I'm afraid you don't appreciate soccer.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Also Omar Gonzalez is a stone cold savage beast

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DadRyan | November 7, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Alonso with a nice look from distance. Why didn't United offer a virgin and a couple calves for him to the Battery a few years ago?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 7, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Set your DVR, VCR, and PCR machines.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2010 8:11 PM

I don't own a polymerase chain reaction machine, but my DVR will be on the job. It will also attend to the NCAA selection program on BSPNU at 4:30 p.m., but that is less essential, because I'm sure Goff will be posting the relevant info here.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 7, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Good job by Bledsoe to stop make the saves that she needed to help Wake win the championship.

Tough loss for the Terps. They were right there until the pks.

They improved mightily over the last few years.

Stengal seems to have made a great choice going to Wake. The fit seems really good for her and she constistently gives the opposing team headaches.

Yewande Balogun... What can I say. I enjoy seeing her play. And off the field, like my the Terp squad--I really enjoy pulling for them.

I hope that the Freedom continues the W-League team so that Balogun can continue to play for that side.

Now the Terps need to regroup mnetally. They can go very far in the NCAA tournament if they can get over the disappointment on the loss yesterday.

Posted by: yankiboy | November 8, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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