Maryland women’s soccer failed to finish the 2017 season on a high note, falling to Purdue 2-0 in the final game of the year.
The Terps failed to score a goal in each of their final six games, being outscored 12-0 in that span.
As it has done for much of Big Ten play, Maryland came out slow, allowing Purdue to strike first under 12 minutes into the game. Maddy Williams, Purdue’s all-time leading scorer, beat Rachel Egyed to give the Boilermakers the early 1-0 lead.
After the early goal, Maryland slowly got itself back into the game, albeit struggling to score as it has all month. Despite being outshot 9-4 in the first half, the Terps actually had more shots on goal than the Boilermakers in first half despite Purdue having a two goal head start.
To start the second half, Maryland once again came out sloppy, giving Purdue a penalty kick just six minutes in. However, Egyed saved the day, as she has done all season, with a diving save to keep the deficit at one.
Egyed needed to play at the top of her game again, and she did. The redshirt junior finished the season with another standout performance with five saves, giving her team a chance in the game.
However, despite Egyed’s play, the Terps defense couldn’t stop the Boilermakers’ aggressiveness. Purdue continued to pressure Maryland, keeping possession of the ball more times than not. Williams beat Egyed for the second time, giving the Boilermakers a two goal lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game.
Offensively, the Terps struggled to sustain an offensive presence once again, and Purdue did well in playing aggressively while keeping the clock in mind at the same time. In total, the Boilermakers outshot Maryland 17-8, including 7-4 in shots on goal.
Hope Gouterman and Madison Turner played 170 combined minutes in their final collegiate game, while Natasha Ntone-Kouo got the start in her last appearance.
While the Terps failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in program history, they already clinched their best record since joining the conference.
Three things to know
- Maryland finishes the season with a 7-8-3 record. The Terps failed to capitalize on a 6-0-1 start, as their 1-8-2 conference record sunk the team. However, the record does mean Maryland improved upon last year’s results, when it finished with a 3-15-1 record.
- For the second straight year, Maryland finishes on a scoring drought. The Terps didn’t score a goal in their final six games, totaling over 600 scoreless minutes to end the campaign. That’s tough for a team that scored in every non-conference game to start the season, but Maryland’s four goals in three total Big Ten games, resulting in eight shutouts, haunted the team.
- Despite struggles, the program is continuing to improve. The difficult end may be tough to swallow, but the Terps had to deal with devastating injuries and inexperience in 2017. With only six players graduating, Maryland will benefit from a full team in the spring, including the first spring for this freshman class. Ray Leone has this team on the rise.