Maryland women’s soccer was looking to build off the momentum from a 4-0 win on Friday, but could not fend off the Nebraska attack Sunday, losing 2-1 in overtime.
The Terps (3-4-3, 1-1-0 Big Ten) struck first in the first half, continuing the momentum from the second half against Iowa. But the Huskers fought back, tying the game in the second half and winning it in sudden-death overtime.
Looking to build off their four goal performance just two days earlier, the Terps’ offense was out to strong start, getting on the scoreboard in the 26th minute with a goal from Darby Moore. Mikayla Dayes had control of the ball just outside the box along the sideline, then played it on the ground to Moore, who was able to corral the pass and slide it pass the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
The Maryland defense was busy for most of the first half as well, having to withstand a relentless attack from the Nebraska forwards. The Husker attack seemed focused on trying to play the ball wide and look for crosses into the box. They also tried pressing the Maryland center backs on attempted clearances, succeeding on a few occasions and earning extra possessions. But Rachel Egyed & Co. were up to the task, holding Nebraska scoreless going into half.
Nebraska again came out aggressive into the second half, getting the ball to the box with multiple other attackers in the box and trying to work around the Maryland back line to find the goal. Despite making several impressive saves early on, Egyed was eventually beat off a ball that deflected off the crossbar and landed right at the foot of Savanah Uveges, who took a touch and put it away to tie the game at 1-1.
Nebraska maintained the pressure from that point on, with Maryland only really managing chances on counterattacks. Often being able to beat the Maryland backs off the ball, Egyed was forced again to deal with chaos all around her. But the Terps were able to hold on and survive into overtime tied at 1-1.
It was just two minutes into the overtime period when the match came to an end, with Nebraska converting on a corner kick. Brenna Ochoa set the ball on the spot, and lofted a perfectly placed ball to Faith Carter who was able to put a head on it and get it past Egyed, ending the game.
Maryland will have a full week off before its next match on Sunday against Rutgers at Ludwig Field.
Three things to know
- Darby Moore has two goals in two games. After scoring her first goal of the season on Friday night, Moore was in the scoring column again this match, putting her behind only Jarena Harmon for the lead in goals scored. With Moore adopting more of a goal-scoring role recently, her added spark to this offense is exactly what this team needs.
- Maryland’s defense was hanging on for life. After the match, Moore mentioned that she thought Nebraska was one of the better teams the Terps have played so far this season. And it showed, as the Huskers racked up 17 shots over the course of the game, with six being on goal. It only seemed like a matter of time before Nebraska found their way past Egyed.
- Kady Badham could be headed towards an increased role. Although she has typically played a more defensive role for most of 2018, Badham was given some run on the wing today by coach Ray Leone. She proved her worth too, making a few impressive runs to on a couple of Maryland’s several counterattack attempts.