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Maized and Confused: Women's Soccer Falls to Michigan 1-0 on Late Goal

Maryland held the potent Wolverines scoreless for 82 minutes but the Maize and Blue finally broke through late to beat the Terps 1-0 at Ludwig Field on Friday afternoon.

Todd Carton

Through 82 minutes, the score was 0-0 between Maryland and the visiting Michigan Wolverines. Michigan had been putting the pressure on all game long and they were bound to break through at some point. The Wolverines finally did in the 83rd minute of play, stunning the Terps 1-0. "We couldn't solve them." said Maryland Head Coach Jonathan Morgan following the game. He said that Michigan, who made the Elite Eight last year, was very talented and very well coached. "It's a tough loss for us."

It was touch and go during the first half of Maryland's Big Ten battle with Michigan on Friday afternoon at Ludwig Field. Both teams struggled to get into a rhythm and the passing was sloppy. Maryland withstood six corner kicks from Michigan in the first half and the Terps only managed one shot on goal to Michigan's five. Michigan had all of the best scoring opportunities with one shot deflecting off of Maryland's Sarah Molina and hitting the cross bar. Another was just wide left of the goal, mere inches away as Terps goalie Rachelle Beanlands dove to try and save the ball. The score was tied at 0 - 0 going into the half. Morgan said that the team has been starting slowly throughout the season and likes to feel out their opponents early on in games.

Second half

Maryland came firing out of the locker room and turned up the offensive pressure in the second half. Cory Ryan had a great shot from about 30 yards out but Michigan goalie Megan Hinz was right there to make the save. However, Maryland couldn't stop the Wolverines from getting their opportunities either. Michigan finally struck in the 83rd minute when Maddison Lewis hammered it home. Michigan had a shot go off the post and Ani Sarkisian gathered it up and shot it. Lewis came streaking in and one-timed it in the air past Beanlands, who never had a chance. Maryland put together a nice chance to come up with the equalizer getting a corner kick with a little over a minute left. Shannon Collins played a cultured serve into the box but Erika Nelson's header was cleared by Niki Wilkinson and Maryland never threatened again.

The Terps were out-shot 12-5 and the Wolverines had 9 corner kicks to Maryland's 3. This is the third time this season that the Terps have been shut out and their record drops to 3-3-1. Maryland only has one day of rest before they return to action against Michigan State on Sunday at Ludwig Field. Maryland midfielder Lauren Berman said that this loss will ultimately help the team. "I think we're going to use this as fuel...We have no option but to win on Sunday."