Maryland women’s soccer was dominated by Penn State on Friday night, losing 1-0.
Penn State finished the match with 17 shots and seven shots on goal, while Maryland only had six shots and none of them were on goal. The Terps were coming off a senior day upset of then-No. 14 Northwestern, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.
Penn State appeared to have the edge early on in terms of scoring opportunities, getting deep into the Maryland penalty box several times within the first few minutes of the match. Through 30 minutes, Penn State had racked up nine shots (two on goal) and four corners, compared to Maryland only having one shot. It really was beginning to look like it was only a matter of time before Penn State scored.
But Maryland’s defense deserves a bit of credit. Although the Terps were thoroughly dominated by the Penn State attack, they held them scoreless through the first 45 minutes. The Terps’ back line was stretched pretty thin for most of the first half, but was able to scramble and keep the ball out of goal to keep the match at 0-0 going into halftime.
The second half began with Penn State finally breaking through. In the 60th minute, Emily Ogle fed sophomore Kerry Abello, who was able to put it past Egyed. (Unfortunately, the Penn State stream of the game cut out right when the goal was scored, so we don’t know exactly what happened, but Penn State definitely scored to make it 1-0.)
Penn State controlled possession for the most part from that point on, making more attempts on goal and preventing Maryland from developing any strong chances at an equalizer. The Terps continued working towards their first shot on goal, but were unable to find the right combination of passes and the match ended at 1-0.
Maryland won’t have to wait long for its next match, as the Terps take on Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Three things to know
- The final score doesn’t indicate how one-sided this game was. Although the score was only 1-0, Penn State dominated Maryland from start to finish. The Terps’ forwards just didn’t look capable of breaking the Penn State defense, and the Nittany Lions worked the Maryland defense with relative ease. The score very easily could have been three or four to zero.
- Maryland is off to a poor start in its most important stretch of the season. Maryland is in the midst of the stretch of the season that will decide whether or not it makes the Big Ten tournament for the first time. Things won’t get easier with Ohio State up next, so the Terps will need to learn from Friday’s loss quickly and come ready to play the next match.
- The defense played well, given the circumstances. Due to the lack of chances and possession for Maryland’s offense, the defense was forced to spend most of the match trying to slow down the Penn State attack. But the back line was able to hold Penn State to just one goal, and Rachel Egyed made six saves, which is deserving of some credit as well.