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Maryland women’s soccer falls to Minnesota, 3-1

The Terps couldn’t keep up with the Golden Gophers.

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Maryland couldn’t complete a second straight two goal comeback, falling to Minnesota 3-1 Sunday afternoon. The Terps allowed two goals in the first 10 minutes, a hole that was too deep for them to overcome.

The game had an explosive start that featured three goals in the first 13 minutes. Minnesota got off to a quick 2-0 lead, thanks to two goals scored deep in the Maryland goalie box.

However, Madison Turner struck back. The senior sent a rocket off the hands of Minnesota goalkeeper Kailee Sharp into the goal to cut the lead in half. The goal marked Turner’s third of the season on her team-leading 33rd shot.

Additionally, Maryland’s goal was its only shot on goal for the first half. Minnesota has the fewest saves per game in the nation, meaning teams that earn chances can capitalize on them.

The second half began as the first ended, with even play all over the field. Maryland’s best chance came off a Darby Moore shot vs. two defenders, but the sophomore sent the ball just wide of the net.

After back-and-forth play, Minnesota extended its lead thanks to an April Bockin goal. Bockin was the recipient of a beautiful Megan Koenig passed, and the forward scored 1-on-1 with Rachel Egyed.

The Terps continued to pressure Minnesota, but they couldn’t finish. They outshot the Golden Gophers in the final 45 minutes, holding Minnesota to just one shot on goal in the half, but failed to ignite a comeback.

On the positive side, Maryland only allowed four shots on goal in the entire game, a sign that the defense remains the team’s strength. However, Egyed’s three goals allowed is a season high for her, and that is too much for a struggling offense to overcome.

The Terps currently stand at 1-3-1 in the conference despite eight wins overall.

Maryland goes on the road for the next two games, starting with a game at Nebraska on Thursday night.

Three things to know

  1. While Jarena Harmon returned to the starting lineup, Jlon Flippens missed the game. Harmon’s start was her first since getting injured against Rutgers two weeks ago, but Flippens was sick and had to sit this one out. Maryland missed the sophomore, who has been a jack of all trades this season. Harmon’s speed, however, was highlighted on offense, as she instantly created chances.
  2. The Terps slow start killed them again. For the second straight game, Maryland played well only after allowing two goals. The Terps cannot allow these slow starts to continue, or else this team’s offense, which is already dealing with injuries, must overcome another challenge.
  3. The offense needs to figure something out, and fast. This offense is struggling to get consistent chances despite it having a strong defense in the back. If the offense gets going, it could take pressure off the defense, and any two-goal deficit wouldn’t seem difficult to overcome.