Maryland women’s soccer couldn’t the right offensive touch on Thursday, losing to Temple 1-0.
The Terps held a 17-6 advantage in shots and 8-4 in shots on goal, but couldn’t break through. The Owls scored in the first half and held on for the win.
Erin Seppi made an immediate impact as the starter at goalie, making a big-time save in the 13th minute. The defense held strong for most of the first half as well, shutting down Temple’s possessions and earning the offense the edge in terms of possession.
Those extra possessions started to pile up too, with Maryland able to stack scoring opportunities in the 32nd and 33rd minutes. It started with a nice move by Hope Lewandoski and a rather ambitious shot that sailed just above the crossbar, which was followed by a near-goal by Emily McNesby that would have made it in the back of the net had it not been blocked by a Temple defender.
Just when it looked like Maryland was about to find their opportunity to score, Temple converted on a scoring chance. Gabriela Johnson threaded the needle on a through ball to Emma Wilkins, who was able to outrun the defense and get it past Seppi.
The teams went to halftime with Temple holding a 1-0 lead.
The Terps continued to find chances into the second half, with Hope Lewandoski having a part in almost all of them. The chances came to a head in the 65th minute, as Lewandoski was inches away from tying the game, slamming the ball off the cross bar from over 20 yards out.
Lewandoski was again came up short on a scoring chance, this time coming off a looming ball towards the goal that she followed all the way to the goal line to get a head on.
A few more attempts on goal by the Terps, with Temple biding their time trying to make it to the final whistle. Although again holding the majority in possession, the attacks on goal just couldn’t find the net, and the game came to an end at 1-0.
The Terps will remain in Philadelphia for the weekend, having a one-day layoff before playing Drexel on Sunday.
Three things to know
- Maryland couldn’t capitalize on its shot advantage. Despite looking like the better team for a good part of the match, Maryland simply could not convert on chances to score. The opportunities clearly were there, with Maryland reaching its highest shot total of the season this game. The offense is headed in the right direction, they just need some of these chances to start hitting.
- Hope Lewandoski was all over the place. A large part of why Maryland got as many scoring opportunities that they did was because Hope Lewandoski was playing best than she has all season, hitting six shots with one on goal. Whether it was chasing balls played wide the sideline or putting shots on goal, she was captain of the offense tonight.
- Erin Seppi played well too. Despite allowing the one goal in the 38th minute, Seppi held down the back end of the defense by making three saves and remaining composed at the six shots that she faced. Whether it’s Seppi or Egyed, it seems as though Maryland is in a “good problem to have” scenario with two talented players at one position.