Maryland women’s soccer had a chance to steal a win at Michigan State Thursday, but came up empty. After tying the match with 30 seconds left and having a plethora of chances in overtime, Hannah Jones scored for the Spartans in the 108th minute to give Michigan State a 3-2 victory.
Just one minute earlier, Darby Moore had a shot that just missed the net. It was one of seven shots for the Terps in overtime, compared to just two for the Spartans.
But soccer can be a cruel game, and it was for both teams in this match. Michigan State dominated the first half but trailed at halftime after Chelsea Jackson scored off a corner kick in the 40th minute. The Spartans were also less than a minute away from victory when defender Madison Duncan deflected Jackson’s header into the goal to tie the game at two.
After forcing overtime, it looked like Maryland would come away with the win. It looked even more probable after the Terps dominated the first 17 minutes of overtime. But in the 108th minute, on the Spartans' first good offensive possession, Jones put one past Senn to give Michigan State the win.
Despite leading at halftime, Maryland failed to find a rhythm on offense in the first half. They didn’t advance the ball past midfield on a majority of their possessions, and took just three shots. The Terps failed to put pressure on Michigan State goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski, who was making her second start of the season after starter Kaitlyn Collin went down with an injury a last week.
Wojtanowski, however, also put up a fight and finished with 11 saves.
The Terps’ one good look came in the 40th minute, when Jackson’s header off Jlon Flippens’s corner kick deflected off Wojtanowski to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
Michigan State had the upper hand throughout the first half, but the Terps played close to the goal to protect Katelyn Jensen. Jensen made three saves, but had to leave the game in the 43rd minute with a head injury.
After a foul on Darby Moore, Marisa Oleksiak sent a free kick to Morgan McKerchie, who tried to pass it in to Brittany Tanner. Jensen and Tanner collided, and Tanner tripped over Jensen. Jensen had to leave the game and was replaced by Stephanie Senn.
After having plenty of chances in the first half, Jones tied it for Michigan State in the 63rd minute. It looked like Senn was going save the shot, but the ball just rolled past her. Jones scored again in the 73rd minute, a rocket from the top of the box that got just over Senn’s arms.
It looked like the Terps were headed for another loss, but Michigan State committed a foul with 50 seconds left. Off the ensuing free kick, Jarena Harmon had a shot that Wojtanowski deflected, but Jackson headed the rebound and it bounced off Duncan into the goal.
In extra time, Maryland had chance after chance in front of the net, but Wojtanowski was there every time. She made a nice save on a shot from Flippens, and stopped another moments later.
Harmon had a chance to win it for the Terps in the 97th minute, but got tripped on a breakaway. The sophomore had another shot in the 104th minute, but it bounced off Wojtanowski.
Four minutes later, Jones finished off her hat trick to give the Spartans the victory.
Maryland dropped to 3-7-1 and 1-3 in conference play with the loss. The team is back in action Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Three things to know
- Hannah Jones put the team on her back: The freshman came into the game with just one goal on the year but had a hat trick Thursday. Maryland is usually beat by a combination of superior offensive players, but was beaten by only one today.
- Despite giving up 3 goals, Maryland’s defense looked better: After allowing wide-open opportunities Sunday against Northwestern, the Terps had a better defensive approach for this match. Maryland made sure they had plenty of defenders in the box and didn’t allow either of their goalies to see a lot of close-range shots.
- When Chelsea Jackson is around the ball near the net, something good usually happens: Jackson scored her seventh goal of the season, and it came from knowing where the ball would be. While Jarena Harmon thrives by creating her own opportunities, Jackson’s best at finishing off plays.