Maryland women’s soccer struggled again offensively but was picked up by their defense, tying against George Washington 0-0.
The Terps won the shot battle 23-18, although George Washington had the edge in shots on goal 7-6. It was an impressive game by both goalkeepers as well, as Rachel Egyed had seven saves for Maryland and Anna Tapen had six for the Colonials.
The first half was generally uneventful through 30 minutes, as both teams seemed to be feeling each other out a bit without generating or sustaining any threatening chances. As the half headed towards a close, though, both teams began to produce opportunities close to goal. Although none resulted in goals, both squads finished the half on a stronger note than they had began going into the second half.
Maryland ended the first half behind in shots to George Washington 8-6, but Egyed kept up the momentum going from the previous games, with three saves to Tapen’s two.
However, neither offense could carry any momentum through the break, with both teams struggling again for most of the second half. The Terps eventually started to figure things out as the half progressed, finding alleys towards the net but still not being able to convert. Hope Lewandoski was active as always, shaking off her defenders to try and find a chance on goal, but ultimately was not able to create anything to produce a goal.
Time ticked away as the two teams tried to find their footing offensively, but the rest of the half went on without either team being able to find the back of the net. But in the 87th minute, George Washington forward Sofia Pavon took a shot from roughly 30 yards out that slammed off the crossbar and back into play before Maryland cleared it.
The Terps were able to flip the shot deficit in the second half, outshooting the Colonials 17-13 heading into overtime, although both teams had four shots on goal apiece.
Maryland had its chance in overtime to put the game away, but couldn’t get the right touch on the ball to end the game. Jarena Harmon got a good ball towards the net, and with the keeper charging her, she had to use her left foot to try and put it away but was unable to get the ball on goal.
The second overtime was more action-packed than the rest of the game combined, as finally Maryland and George Washington began trading shots on goal. Mikayla Dayes nearly ended it with a pretty shot from outside the box, but Tapen was able to react quickly and make a fantastic save to keep the game alive. Egyed was no slouch in overtime either, as she was forced to make several saves from point blank to keep things scoreless.
The Terps will continue their homestand on Friday when they match up with Iowa, marking the first game of the upcoming Big Ten slate.
Three things to know
- Non-conference play is now over. After enjoying a good deal of success against non-conference opponents last season, the 2018 schedule was less fortunate for the Terps. With their record sitting at 2-3-3 and more difficult competition ahead, Maryland will have its work cut out if it still eyes success in 2018.
- Maryland took 23 shots this game. It’s the Terps’ highest quantity of the season, but they were unable to get any of them into the net, and only six of the 23 shots were on goal. For a struggling offensive team, perhaps head coach Ray Leone is taking his chances and just trying to get as many shots off as possible.
- This is Maryland’s fourth overtime game this season. Despite putting an emphasis on keeping his players rested, Leone has been forced to put his players on the field for extra time four times already this season. Although he believes that substitutions made in game will keep his players fresh, it could be something to watch for should Maryland start to run out of gas late in the season.