With injuries piling up, Maryland women’s soccer failed to gain consistency against Nebraska, falling 3-0 in Lincoln. The Terps fall to 1-4-1 in conference play and haven’t won a match in four tries.
The Terps offense continued to struggle with consistency as they had to keep rotating forwards in and out due to injuries.
Rachel Egyed was the reason Maryland stayed in the game in the first half. The junior made a big save on a Nebraska penalty kick to keep Nebraska off the board despite a bad Maryland foul. The save was Egyed’s second of the night, both of which coming from point blank shots.
However, Nebraska got on the board prior to halftime. Egyed made another big save off a close shot, but the ball went straight to Nebraska’s Theresa Pujado who capitalized on the rebound shot. Maryland’s defense was somewhat flustered on the play, unable to locate the rebound in time, leaving Egyed out of position.
This was the fourth straight game Maryland went into halftime down, getting outscored 6-1 in the first half in that span. However, in that same span, Maryland outscored opponents 2-1 in the second half.
That didn’t continue Thursday, as Nebraska doubled its lead just a minute into the second half. Haley Hanson got behind the Maryland defense and finished the score on a one-timer next to the net.
Hanson continued to kill the Terps, scoring again 15 minutes later. The Nebraska midfielder got around the defense again, this time finishing with a header into the net. For the second straight goal, Maryland’s defense was caught watching the ball instead of the players.
Down three, the Terps struggled to sustain offensive pressure, something that is getting familiar for them. Nebraska controlled the ball for most of the second half, and Maryland was barely able to generate good scoring stretches.
In total, Nebraska brutally outshot Maryland, generating 13 shots and seven shots on goal to Maryland’s two shots and one shot on goal. Additionally, Nebraska earned seven more corner kicks than the Terps.
Maryland remains on the road as it travels to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on Sunday. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start time.
Three things to know
- The Terps’ defense failed them. This unit has been so strong all season, but Nebraska’s pressure broke it down well. For the most part, Maryland asked too much of Egyed, who saved the team’s defenders at times in the game. However, the goalkeeper couldn’t do it all as Nebraska’s aggressiveness paid off.
- Jlon Flippens and Jarena Harmon didn’t start. Flippens missed last game as well with an illness, while Harmon just returned to the starting lineup on Sunday. While Flippens didn’t play, Harmon entered the game in the second half for 32 minutes and her athleticism was immediately noticeable. With the offense struggling, it needs these two at full strength badly, as the unit has to dig deep into the bench for replacements.
- Hannah Col and Brynn Drury started the game. With Flippens out and Harmon limited, Ray Leone turned to two freshman as replacements. Entering the contest, the two combined for 57 minutes in five appearances, but the freshman played a total of 105 minutes Thursday. With injuries piling up and the offense sputtering, Leone is doing all he can to shake things up.