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Terps cruise in soccer tournament Women rout JMU, 6-1, reach NCAA quarterfinals


COLLEGE PARK -- Michelle Demko's face told the story. A big smile and a swelling black eye.

Behind a bruising offensive attack, No. 9 Maryland demolished No. 17 James Madison, 6-1, before 473 at Ludwig Field in the second round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament. The Terrapins (18-5), who were making their first postseason appearance in the program's nine-year history, advance to the national quarterfinals against No. 2 Portland.

Maryland pressured the Colonial Athletic Association champion Dukes, pinning the ball in its offensive half for much of the game.

"I'll take a black eye or a bruised rib to get to the next round," said Demko, the Terps' senior playmaker, who received the injury on a first-half collision with Britta Connolly. "Next week, I'll even take two black eyes."

Demko opened the scoring for the Terps, redirecting a crossing pass from Tricia Taliaferro 11 minutes into the first half.

"We came out with all we had," Demko said. "The outcome was just phenomenal. An early goal helps cracking into a team."

And that's what the Terps did.

The Terps put the game away early in the second half, scoring two goals in a 1 1/2 -minute stretch to increase their lead to 5-0. Emmy Harbo, a freshman forward, scored the fifth goal for the Terps to break Maryland's single-season goals mark with 13.

Maryland also tied its season-best single-game goals total, which tripled its best effort against any ranked team this year. The Terps outshot James Madison, 25-6, and held the Dukes to just one shot in the first half.

A month ago, Maryland needed a game-winning goal in the final four minutes to beat the Dukes.

"I don't think any other day we are five goals better than James Madison," Maryland coach April Heinrichs said. "I said before I didn't want a bye and sit out a whole week with a young team. But I was very pleased today."

James Madison (16-8), which had won four straight, never coordinated any offensive threat.

Dukes midfielder Lauren Stritzl led a four-on-two break midway through the first half, but got tackled by Maryland defender Erin Taylor before releasing a shot. In the second half, James Madison midfielder Aimee Vaughan's penalty kick got slapped away by Terps goalie Missy Price.

The Dukes' only score occurred with 27 minutes remaining in the game after Price slipped when trying to make a save, leaving the goal open.

"We ran into a buzz saw today," Dukes coach David Lombardo said. "Maryland was pumped up playing in their first playoff game. They converted our every mistake in a positive way. I think it was a combination of running into a hot team and not playing one of our best games."

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