For the fifth straight game, Maryland women’s soccer went down early in a game and struggled to put together consistent offensive production in a 4-0 loss to Iowa. The loss brings Maryland’s record to 7-5-2, including 1-5-1 in Big Ten play.
Maryland struggled mightily in the first half, digging itself into another early deficit. Iowa took the lead almost immediately, as Maryland was charged with an own goal just 1:06 into the game.
Ten minutes later, Iowa scored again, this time an Olivia Fiegel goal off a one-time pass in front of the net. With that goal, Maryland found itself down two in the first half for the fourth time in the last five games.
However, the Hawkeyes weren’t done in the first. At the 22-minute mark, Devin Burns buried a rebound into the back of the net, increasing the Hawkeyes’ lead to three. In the first half, Maryland was outshot 12-2, including 6-1 in shots on goal.
To begin the second half, Ray Leone took out Rachel Egyed, replacing her with Erin Seppi in net. Once again, Egyed was victimized by poor play in front of her, but this wasn’t her best day in net either.
Iowa opened the second half the same way it did the first, with a goal. Karly Stuenkel became the third Hawkeye to score on the day after a beautiful Burns setup. Iowa’s 4-0 lead marked Maryland’s largest deficit this season.
Iowa maintained momentum for the entire game, never giving up control of the game, despite Maryland’s best efforts. Though they didn’t score again, the Hawkeyes had as much control of the game in the second as it did in the first. For the entire game, Iowa outshot Maryland 20-9, including 13-4 in shots-on-goal.
Once again, the Terps missed players like Jlon Flippens and Gi Krstec, each of whom haven’t played in the last three games. Those players are added to the list of forwards who are out for the year, including Mikayla Dayes and Chelsea Jackson, which has forced Ray Leone to go deep into his bench to find a solution. Additionally, Maryland played 21 total players, which is more than it had on last years team.
Maryland returns home for its next game, as the best team in the conference, Ohio State, comes to College Park. Game is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 and will begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Three Things to Know
- Nothing is going right for Maryland. Between the injuries and the poor play, the Terps have found themselves producing at their 2016 level. In their last three games, the Terps have been outscored 10-1, including 7-0 in the first half. After an almost perfect start to this season, Maryland ha had an equally bad stretch of play of late.
- Time of possession continues to be a killer. One of the biggest issues during this losing streak has been Maryland’s lack of ability to keep possession of the ball. Against Iowa especially, the opponent has taken control of the game early and often, and Maryland has been unable to grab momentum back.
- It’s now or never for the Terps. Maryland has only four games remaining on the schedule, and three of which will come at home. However, it also plays the top three teams in the Big Ten over this span, teams that have combined for a 15-3-2 record in conference play. Maryland needs to get healthy and figure out what’s been going wrong, or else this season will end the same way last season did.