For the first time since last August, Maryland women’s soccer has won two straight games. The Terps defeated Navy, 3-0, on Sunday night, and are already one win away from tying their win total from last season.
The vetarans supplied the scoring in this game, as Chelsea Jackson, Jlon Flippens and Jarena Harmon each scored. All three goals came after 60 minutes expired in the game.
In the scoreless first half, both teams played very evenly. Navy attempted two corner kicks to Maryland’s lone attempt, but none were effective, and Navy out-fouled Maryland by one in the first.
At just over the 60 minute mark, the Terps finally got on the board. Freshman Mikayla Dayes made a pass right in front to Jackson, and the senior tipped it into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
Not even two minutes later, Maryland tacked on another to double its lead. This time, Flippens scored on a free kick about 30 yards removed from the goal, burying the ball into the left corner of the net.
Harmon was responsible for Maryland’s third goal, as she scored in front of the net off an Anissa Mose pass with 5:49 remaining. For the second time, a Terp got into position in front of the net in time for a redirection off a cross.
After the first two scores, Navy started to pressure Maryland’s defense more. However, the Terps’ defense held their own, as Navy couldn’t execute off any of its 10 total shots. Navy’s best chance came off a throw in about 78 minutes into the game, but Rachel Egyed saved the chance on a diving play to her right.
Ray Leone continued to experiment with this team, starting six total freshman, three more than he did on Friday. As the season progresses, expect him to mix-and-match a little more to find the right combination as this team develops chemistry.
Maryland will next play Friday, as it travels to North Carolina to face Gardner-Webb. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET start time.
Three things to know
- Mikayla Dayes can play. The freshman had a strong game, despite only registering an assist. She had a chance at a breakaway right before Maryland’s first goal, and was visibly present all game. Dayes’ addition to the offense is already paying off.
- The defense held strong. Maryland’s defense held off a few strong Navy chances after Navy elevated its play when going down 2-0. just like it did late last season, the Terps defense didn’t break, this time allowing the offense to breakthrough. Additionally, this was the team’s first shutout in two years after allowing a goal in each game last season.
- This team is clearly improved. It may be two games into the season, but Maryland is a step ahead of where it was last year. The depth and influx of freshman has already added some necessary improvements, and the Terps are already playing well together with the new additions.