No. 7 Maryland field hockey (4-1) recorded their third straight shutout victory defeating Cal Berkeley (3-2) 4-0. The Terps have not allowed a goal in 14 straight quarters.
“To have back to back games with taking 23 to 24 shots and to find a way to just be disciplined and frame the goal cage and get great goals it’s promising,” head coach Missy Meharg said.
Near the end of the first quarter, the Terps converted off a penalty corner. Defender Riley Donelly took the initial shot but Cal’s goalie Cato Knipping blocked the ball. The rebound came back to the Terps and midfielder Kyler Greenwalt passed the ball to midfielder Belle Bressler who scored her first career collegiate goal to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
“That was just a really exciting moment for me,” Bressler said. “I have been working really hard at goal scoring. It’s just an awesome feeling to get that reception from my teammates.”
Early in the third quarter, Tornetta passed the ball to Greenwalt who raced down the left side of the field. After Greenwalkt had her shot blocked, the ball ended up right at the feet of Tornetta, who hit the ball over Knipping and Greenwalt, once again, found the ball and finished handily to give the Terps a 2-0 lead.
A few minutes later, the Terps struck again when forward Margot Lawn sent the ball to forward Anna Castaldo, who was waiting patiently in front of the net to tip the ball in to score her first goal of the season.
“Today I think we played good team field hockey and having all your support from your mids and just makes it easy to do your job well,” Castaldo said.
Cal had difficulty mustering any kind of offensive burst, earning just one penalty corner and three total shots. The Golden Bears only penalty corner came midway through the second quarter, but on their attempt the ball rolled past midfielder Claire Hind. Forward Kiki De Brujine fielded the ball and took the shot which the Terps blocked.
The Golden Bears earned their final shot of the game with less than nine minutes left in the game when backfielder Madeline Zacchini shot the ball, but Terps goalie Noelle Frost stepped out of the cage to make a diving save.
With 1:45 left in the contest, Castaldo received the ball in the circle and sent it across to Tornetta who tapped the ball into the net to score the Terps final goal of the game.
Castaldo, Greenwalt and Tornetta each finished the game with one goal and one assist.
During the Terps three game win streak, the Terps defense has played lights out. The team has only allowed nine total penalty corners and Frost has only had to make three total saves.
The Terps continued their hot shooting streak, recording over 20 shots for their second straight game.
Next weekend the Terps will open Big 10 play against No. 9 Penn State on Saturday in College Park at 1 p.m.