Maryland women’s soccer (3-12-1, 1-7) lost its sixth straight contest Thursday night 1-0 to Purdue (4-10, 2-6).
In a battle of the Big Ten’s cellar dwellers, Dannah Williams scored in the 79th minute to push the Boilermakers ahead.
The Terps struggled offensively and were shut out for the third straight game. This was something that didn’t even happen last year, when Maryland was shut out eight times.
Purdue was able to get in front of passes, as the Terps didn’t put them where their teammates needed them to be, and the Boilermakers controlled possession for most of the game.
It didn’t help that Jarena Harmon went down with 14 minutes left in the first half. It didn’t look like she would reenter the game after she was helped off the field by a trainer, but she reentered the game in the 77th minute.
The Terps looked to Chelsea Jackson early. She had a pass from Darby Moore sail over her head in the fourth minute, and then Jarena Harmon couldn’t get a good touch on a ball with Jackson in the box in the 10th minute.
Purdue dominated possession, but took the same number of shots (4) as Maryland did in the first half. The Terps’ defensive intensity from Sunday continued into this game, and the Boilermakers did not get any easy shots.
Andrea Petrina, who led Purdue with 31 shots coming into tonight’s game, was the go-to player early.
Petrina was looking for Vanessa Korolas in the 15th minute, but Rachel Egyed made a diving save. Petrina fired another shot in the 16th minute that hit Hope Gouterman in the shoulder. The senior was shaken up, but remained in the game.
The Terps started to get more opportunities as the first half drew to a close. Harmon put a shot high off a Jackson cross in the 29th minute, and Jackson had a shot saved by Purdue goalie Jordan Ginther in the 30th minute.
The Boilermakers came out attacking early in the second half, putting up seven shots in the first 14 minutes. Their best chance came in the 50th minute. Lydia Brosnahan charged into the box and had a shot go left of the goal, and then missed a header off the ensuing corner.
Petrina threatened as well, pushing into the box before getting tripped up in the 54th minute and forcing Egyed to make a diving save in the 56th.
Maryland’s best chances in the second half came from Jlon Flippens. The freshman got the start at forward after playing on defense for most of the year, and had two great chances to give the Terps the lead.
In the 60th minute, Darby Moore passed it to a wide open Flippens, who put it high. In the 68th minute Flippens had another great chance but put it wide right.
After Maryland failed to break through, Williams scored off a corner kick in the 79th minute to give Purdue the lead. Egyed got her hand on the corner, but was out of position and Williams’s shot went just off her hands.
Maryland had one final chance on a corner kick in the 83rd minute, but it was cleared away.
Three things to know
- Corners, corners, corners: Once again, the game down to a corner kick. Maryland failed to clear the ball out on one in the 79th minute, and it resulted in a goal.
- Flippens switches position, sees mixed results: After starting on defense most of the year, head coach Ray Leone started the freshman at forward. While she missed two wide open shots, she had a few good balls that set up looks for her teammates. It will be interesting to see how much she plays up front over the final three games, since she will be one of the key players for Maryland as it attempts to rebuild over the next few years.
- Maryland ruined another solid effort from Rachel Egyed: The redshirt sophomore made four saves tonight, and had countless other stops. She’s played well the past two games, but hasn’t gotten any support from the offense.