CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s soccer team was one second away from its third conference loss of the season, but Jess Rostedt’s (Kent, Ohio) goal at 89:59 gave the Cavaliers a 2-2 tie with No. 19 Maryland at Klöckner Stadium. With the draw, Virginia moves to 6-3-3 overall (1-2-1 ACC), while the Terps are 9-2-1 overall (1-2-1 ACC).
“I am proud of this team and how they battled tonight and never gave up,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “It was really a gut check moment for us. The way the last three games had gone, where we were clearly the aggressor and had the majority of chances, to be 1-2 in those games left us a little fragile. Then tonight, to go down a goal twice in the second half and fight back to get a point in this game is a positive. It may necessarily have been the result we wanted, but given how the game went, this result gives us some momentum heading forward.”
After a scoreless first half, the game opened up in the second half. The Terrapins took the lead in the 56th minute when Mallory Baker intercepted a clearance of a free kick sent into the box and fired a shot from the top of area into the corner of the net for her first goal of the season. The Cavaliers answered just two minutes later as Lauren Alwine’s (Elizabethtown, Pa.) cross was played at the back post by Caitlin Miskel (Boca Raton, Fla.) to Caroline Miller (Rockville, Md.), who turned and fired from 10 yards out her fourth goal of the year.
The Terrapins retook the lead in the 79th minute as Lydia Hastings’ through ball found the run of Caitlin McDowell, who scored her first goal of the season. Virginia pushed forward over the final 10 minutes and finally equalized in the final second. With about 10 seconds remaining, a ball was sent towards the top of the box. Miller battled a Terp defender and came out with the ball, and left it in the run of Rostedt. Rostedt took several touches to her left before firing a shot across her body that rolled into the net just before time expired for her sixth goal of the season.
“I remember the ball was loose and Caroline found me making a run towards the box,” said Rostedt. “I took a touch and could hear the PA announcer counting down … four, three … and knew I could take one more touch. It hit it when he said two and I knew it was going in as soon as I hit it. I have never scored a goal like that before, it gave me goose-bumps.”
Neither team had a great opportunity to score in the overtime periods and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Overall, Maryland outshot Virginia 15-13, while each team had our corner kicks. Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.) made a career-high eight saves in net for Virginia, while Mary Casey made three for Maryland.
“We needed to get Caroline and Jess going offensively and both of them stepped up tonight when we really needed it,” said Swanson. “We have had some good depth in terms of scoring this season and we need that to continue as the season progresses.”
The Cavaliers begin a four-match road trip on Sunday as they visit No. 6 Boston College.
VIRGINIA 2, MARYLAND 2
#19 Maryland (9-2-1, 1-2-1) 0 2 0 0 – 2
Virginia (6-3-3, 1-2-1) 0 2 0 0 – 2
Md. Mallory Baker 1 (unassisted) 56’
UVa. Caroline Miller 4 (Caitlin Miskel 5, Lauren Alwine 6) 58’
Md. Caitlin McDowell 1 (Lydia Hastings 5) 79’
UVa. Jess Rostedt 6 (Caroline Miller 6) 90’
Shots: UVa 13, Md 15
Corners: UVa 4, Md 4
Saves: UVa 8 (Jones 8), Md 3 (Casey 3)
Fouls: UVa 12, Md 15
Weather: 58 degrees, clear