Maryland women’s soccer (3-14-1, 1-9) lost its eighth straight game Friday, 2-0 to Iowa (8-10, 2-8).
The Terps were once again sluggish on offense in the first half, getting outshot 8-3. Bri Toelle was the main threat on offense for the Hawkeyes, and scored in the 24th minute to give them the lead.
After controlling possession for most of the second half, Maryland allowed an easy goal in the 84th minute to seal the win for Iowa.
Like the past few games, the Terps were put on defense from the start. Iowa dominated possession, getting three corners in the third minute.
The Hawkeyes ran their offense through Toelle, who led the team with five goals coming into today’s game. She had two shots saved by Egyed, and then had a run at the goal in the 17th minute kicked away by Hope Gouterman.
Toelle got the last laugh in the 24th minute, putting the ball in the right side of net. Karly Stuenkel had the ball at the top of the box and fed Toelle on the left side, forcing Egyed to that side.
After a sluggish first 30 minutes, Maryland’s offense woke up. In the 30th minute Chelsea Jackson found Jarena Harmon, who couldn’t get past Morgan Kemerling. The Terps recorded their first shot one minute later, when Niven Hegeman put one high.
Maryland had two other solid opportunities in the first half off the playmaking of Darby Moore. She just missed Jackson on a cross in front of the goal in the 37th minute, then put one wide of the net in the 43rd minute.
The Terps carried that energy into the second half. Just two minutes in, Harmon put a shot wide after almost falling to the ground. Then in the 53rd minute Jlon Flippens blasted one from 35 yards out but it went high.
Then in the 58th minute, Kady Badham sent a cross into the box for Jackson, who just missed a chance at a header.
While the Terps were the more aggressive team, Iowa had two great chances to add to their lead. In the 56th minute Natalie Winters sent a pass to Stuenkel, who put it wide from close range on the left side.
19 minutes later Toelle had a great chance for her second goal. She tried to curl it in to the right side of the goal, but Egyed made a diving save to knock the ball away.
Stuenkel sealed the win for Iowa in the 84th minute, getting past Flippens, then dribbling through the rest of the box unguarded for an easy goal.
Three things to know
- The shutout streak continues: Maryland’s shutout streak has now gone over five games (461 minutes and 27 seconds to be exact), the team’s longest since being shutout eight games in a row in 2006. The Terps offense looked more aggressive in this game than the past four, and had some solid chances to end the streak.
- Maryland didn’t give up a goal off a corner kick: Coming into today Maryland had given up its last five goals on corners, but didn’t allow any today. This is impressive considering Iowa took 11 corners, and Maryland had given up five on 12 over the last three games.
- Harmon comes off the bench again: After starting 15 of the first 16 games, Harmon has come off the bench in the last two. Although she’s had to deal with injuries throughout the season, it’s a little surprising to see her come off the bench.