By Drew Owens
Maryland women’s soccer alumnae Keri Sarver and Yewande Balogun are both participants in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Sarver serving as an assistant coach for New Zealand and Balogun playing as a goalkeeper for Nigeria.
Thursday morning, New Zealand beat Norway, 1-0 — its first-ever Women’s World Cup victory — and is set to continue its World Cup campaign against the Philippines on July 25 at 1:30 a.m. ET. Nigeria also began group stage play Thursday against Canada, managing a scoreless draw against the heavily-favored Canadiens. Nigeria will next play on July 27 at 6:00 a.m. ET. against current group leaders, Australia.
Sarver had a notable career at Maryland, as she was a two-time All-ACC selection. In 1998, she was named an All-American. She also led the Terps to four NCAA Tournament appearances and currently holds the program career records for goals (61), assists (33) and points (155).
Balogun, who helped the Terps to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, also holds plenty of program records. The goalie holds the program-best mark for goals against average in a career at 0.93. Additionally, she ranks third all-time for goalkeepers at Maryland in games played (67), minutes played (6,063) and games started (64).
In other news
Former Maryland athletic director Lew Perkins passed away Tuesday at the age of 78. Perkins served as the Terps’ AD from 1987-90 and was responsible for the hiring of famed men’s basketball coach Gary Williams.
Maryland Athletics mourns the loss of former Director of Athletics Lew Perkins https://t.co/jyaZlLWX7J— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) July 20, 2023
Seven former Maryland women’s lacrosse players will compete on the Athletes Unlimited lacrosse circuit this season.