The Maryland women’s soccer team squandered a 1-0 halftime lead and allowed two goals in the second half in a 2-1 loss to Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea Jackson struck first for the Terps in the 23rd minute, putting in a cross from Kate Waters to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. It was Jackson’s third goal of the season, and Waters’s second assist.
Appalachian State’s Erin Settle tied it in the 57th minute, and then Jane Cline put one just over Egyed to take the lead in the 83rd minute.
The Mountaineers controlled possession for most of the game, and outshot Maryland 19-11. They had numerous looks in the first half, but only had one hard shot on goal. That came in the 43rd minute, when Cline outran four defenders before her shot was saved by Katelyn Jensen.
Appalachian State continued their aggressive style in the second half, getting two past Rachel Egyed. After a career-high eight saves against Pepperdine on Friday, Egyed did not look as strong and looked frustrated at her defense.
Just as in Friday’s game, Maryland allowed its opponent to dominate the early stages of the game, with Appalachian State getting four shots on goal before Maryland got one. Jensen was tested early, and made a great save when she deflected a shot from Settle over the crossbar in the eighth minute. The Mountaineers had a nice run in the 11th minute as well, but Emmily Cowie couldn’t get a good shot off and Jensen saved it easily.
After Appalachian State controlled the game early, Maryland began to settle in. The Terps had an advantage in numbers in the 17th minute but Jackson was called offsides, and Cassie Phillips had a shot saved in the 19th minute. In the 23rd minute Maryland broke through, as Jackson scored off a cross from Kate Waters.
Just minutes later, Appalachian State had a great chance to even the score. Cline made a great move to put Jensen out of position, but didn’t get a good shot off. Settle had a chance to tie it, but was stopped from behind in the box by Madison Turner.
The Mountaineers continued to control possession in the second half, and tied it when Settle scored from the left side in the 57th minute. Maryland gave her just enough room to make a play, and Egyed was visibly frustrated at her teammates.
Minutes later, Jarena Harmon fell to the ground after being hit from behind, and had to be helped off the field. Harmon did not return to the game, and her presence was missed.
Following her injury, Maryland wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on Appalachian State’s defense. In the 64th minute, Jenna Surdick had a shot from point blank range, put it went wide. Hannah Hoefs also had a shot deflected in the 65th minute, and the Terps failed on the ensuing corner.
Appalachian State, however, had no problems, and took the lead in the 83rd minute following a fight for the ball in the box. Initially Settle got it close but couldn’t get a shot off, and then Cowie failed to score. After Cowie’s shot, Jenn Bass took one that deflected right to Cline, who put it just over Egyed’s reaching hands.
Following the late goal, Maryland did not get any solid looks. Phillips had a shot go well wide of the goal, and Marisa Knott’s shot was saved by Appalachian State goalie Sam Steryl.
The Terps drop to 2-3-1 on the season, and will travel to Annapolis to take on Navy on Wednesday.
Three things to know
1. Maryland’s defense bent a lot in the first half, and finally broke in the second: Appalachian State was definitely the more aggressive team today. They outshot Maryland, and had a lot of chances near Maryland’s goal that failed because of poor passing and weak shots. But the Mountaineers kept working for a goal in the second half, and the pressure was eventually too much for Maryland’s defense.
2. If Jarena Harmon’s injury is serious, her loss would be huge: The Pitt transfer leads Maryland with four goals this season, and has also been the team’s best play maker. Without Harmon, Chelsea Jackson is the only serious offensive threat.
3. This was a brutal weekend for Maryland: After going winning both their games last week, the Terps dropped both their games over the weekend. They came close to having much better results, but allowed costly goals late in each contest.