In the Maryland women’s soccer team’s first road game of the season, the Terps took advantage of William & Mary’s mistakes and used a hat trick from Jarena Harmon to defeat the Tribe 3-2 in Williamsburg.
After scoring two goals in the first half, Harmon put the ball past William & Mary goalie Grace Smith in the 63rd minute to take the lead. It was Harmon’s second hat trick of her career, the first coming last year when she was a freshman at Pittsburgh.
Although the Terps got the win, new coach Ray Leone’s first at Maryland, they were outplayed by William & Mary. The Tribe played in the NCAA Tournament last season and were picked to win the CAA title this year, which showed tonight. They out-shot Maryland 13 to six, and took nine corners compared to Maryland’s one. Goalies Stephanie Senn and Katelyn Jensen handled the attack well, and Jensen blanked the Tribe in the second half.
At the beginning it looked like it would be a long one for the Terps, as William and Mary’s Sarah Segan scored before two minutes came off the clock. But Maryland answered back three minutes later, as Jarena Harmon took the ball away from Smith to tie it at 1. Thirteen minutes later, Smith tried to make a play but collided with Clara Logsdon while trying to play a ball from Harmon, resulting in another Maryland goal.
After the Terps took the lead, William and Mary started to gain the upper hand, and Kady Kriner put in a corner to tie the game. Maryland had some opportunities late in the first half, but couldn’t convert or set up a corner kick.
The Tribe continued to attack in the second half, with Jensen saving a shot from Kriner and Charlotte Hyland respectively. After William & Mary failed to convert two corner kicks in the 58th and 61st minute, Harmon scored in the 63rd minute to give Maryland the lead. William & Mary had a chance to tie the game on a corner from Haley Kent with under two minutes left, but the kick was blocked by Jensen.
Three things to know
- Maryland women’s soccer won a game: After getting one win in their last 11 in 2015 and not winning their first two in 2016, the Terps are finally in the win column. Not only was the first win at Maryland for Ray Leone, but it was also the first for Maryland athletics in the 2016-17 year.
- Jarena Harmon has arrived: It took three games, but Harmon found the back of the net in a big way Thursday. The hat trick was the second of her career, the first coming last year against Robert Morris when she played for Pittsburgh.
- William and Mary beat themselves: If the Tribe had played a cleaner game, Maryland would still be looking for their first win of the season. Instead, goalie Grace Smith made two bad plays that led to Maryland goals, and that made the difference tonight.
The Terps are back in action on Sunday at Penn at 5 p.m.