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Terps cruise over Francis Marion 5-1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Even without several of their usual starters, the Maryland Terrapins had no trouble vanquishing the visiting Francis Marion University Patriots on Wednesday. Maryland beat Francis Marion 5-1, led by a brace from Hayley Brock and a pair of assists from both Gabby Galanti and Kristen Schmidbauer.

Seniors Danielle Hubka, Becky Kaplan and Olivia Wagner sat out the match and Freshman Riley Barger, Sarah Molina and Gabby Galanti started in their place.

Freshman Ashley Spivey got the Terrapins on the board in the 7th minute.  Maryland’s initial shot was taken by Galanti and the ensuing deflection fell to Spivey, who quickly put it away to give Maryland the 1-0 advantage.

Hayley Brock then added a pair of the goals to secure the win for Maryland. Brock scored in the 14th minute and then again in the 22nd minute. The first goal came off a cross from Shannon Collins on the right side.

Brock’s second goal came off a Cory Ryan cross from the right side. The cross found Brock on the left side of goal and she headed it just out of reach of Francis Marion’s  5-foot-7-inch goalkeeper, Taylor O’Berry.

Maryland controlled possession for the remainder of the first half but were unable to increase their lead. The Terrapins were so dominant in possession that Francis Marion failed to record a single shot in the first half.

With a fairly secure lead, head coach Jonathan Morgan gave some of his reserve players a chance to start the second half. Aside from Wagner, Hubka and Kaplan all healthy Terrapins saw time in Wednesday’s match.

In the 52nd minute of the match, Freshman Maisie McCune further extended Maryland’s lead. McCune’s goal came off a Kristen Schmidbauer corner kick.  McCune headed the corner in for the score.

Freshman Erika Joab scored Maryland’s final goal of the match in the 67th minute.  Joab’s score came off a long range blast from about 30 yards out. Schmidbauer and Galanti were credited with assists.

Francis Marion spoiled the Terrapins’ clean sheet in the 83rd minute when Yasmin Bunter scored off a free kick from 35 yards. Arianna Pierner tapped the free kick slightly to the right and Bunter stepped up and blasted the ball towards the net. Maryland ‘keeper Shannon Zickler got a piece of it but ultimately was unable to keep it out of the net.

The score may have been more lopsided but O’Berry made an impressive save on a shot by Prior-Brown in the later stages of the match. O’Berry pushed the hard shot over the crossbar and out for a Maryland corner. O’Berry recorded 8 saves on the night.

Maryland will now return to conference play when they visit North Carolina State on Sunday.  Frances Marion travels to Ohio to face Cleveland State on Saturday.

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