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Maryland women’s soccer vs. Rutgers final score, with 3 things to know from the Terps’ 1-0 loss

The Terps dropped their first game of Big Ten play.

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Maryland women’s soccer dropped its conference opener Friday to No. 22 Rutgers, 1-0. Nicole Whitley scored off a free kick in the 10th minute, and it was all that the Scarlet Knights needed.

Although Maryland only lost by one, it could have easily been much more. The Scarlet Knights were clearly the better team, outshooting the Terps 21-4 and keeping possession for the overwhelming majority of the game. Katelyn Jensen was challenged throughout the night but responded well, making seven saves.

While Rutgers had plenty of looks, Maryland failed to put consistent pressure on Rutgers goalie Alana Jiminez, who only needed to make one save in the final minute on a long free kick from Jlon Flippens.

Early on, the talent gap between the two teams was on display. Rutgers dominated the first 10 minutes, and Whitley scored off a free kick to give the Scarlet Knights the lead. The kick came from a tough angle on the left side, and Maryland didn’t clear it out.

The Terps had some chances in the next 10 minutes, and their only shot of the half came in the 19th minute when Cassie Phillips’s free kick went high. Other than that, Maryland’s offense was nonexistent.

After Maryland’s brief push, the Scarlet Knights failed to convert some easy opportunities. In the 36th minute, Brittany LaPlant made a great move to get around a defender but the shot went wide left.

Rutgers continued to attack in the second half but couldn’t find the back of the net. Carina Hendley had a decent look in the 50th minute, but she passed it to a surprised Colby Ciarrocca; the junior didn’t get a good ball on goal, and her shot was easily saved by Jensen. Another golden opportunity came in the 69th minute on a corner kick, when Nicole Visco’s header went off the top of the crossbar and Erica Murphy had a shot saved by Jensen.

The Terps also got some looks, but didn’t really pressure Rutgers backline. It looked like Maryland had something in the 59th minute, but couldn’t get anything in the box and Kate Waters had a shot go high. In the 73rd minute, Chelsea Jackson sent a nice cross to Waters but it was cleared. Maryland had one more chance in the 80th minute, but Chelsea Jackson’s header off a corner kick was high.

Maryland drops to 2-6-1 and has now lost five straight. The team is back in action on Thursday when they take on Illinois at Ludwig Field.

3 things to know

  1. Rutgers dominated the game: Maryland was very lucky to have only lost 1-0. They gave up a season-high 21 shots and couldn’t maintain possession for more than a few minutes. Maryland finished last in the Big Ten last season while Rutgers made it to the Final Four, and it was easy to see the difference between the two teams.
  2. Maryland finally only played one goalie: After the team’s loss to George Mason, head coach Ray Leone said the goalie situation was still fluid and he would decide on Friday’s starter based on practice this week. The Terps had switched goalies at halftime up to this point, but this time he decided to stick with Jensen. It will be interesting to see if this is a one time thing, or if Jensen continues to start going forward.
  3. Maryland experiences another weird delay: The Terps have already had an officiating and weather delay this year, and Friday’s game was delayed 15 minutes because the lights went out at Yurcak Field. Leone said the team had “experienced it all” in non-conference play, but tonight was something new.