Two games into the season, the Maryland women’s soccer team is getting used to final-minute heroics.
In the season opener, a desperation goal from forward Mikayla Dayes in the 89th minute sent the game to overtime, securing an eventual tie out of what looked like certain defeat.
Thursday night, the heroics came from the opposition.
With one second left on the clock — it’s disputed if there even was any time left — Purdue defender Chloe Woodbeck scored off a corner kick to tie the game 2-2. One second was all it took. An overtime goal from the Boilermakers’ freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija in the 101st minute ended the match, and the Terps fell to 0-1-1 on the season.
Purdue’s high-powered offense made the difference in the second half and overtime. The Boilermakers attempted 15 shots during the final 55 minutes, compared to a measly three shots from the Terps.
“They were very composed around the box,” Maryland coach Ray Leone said. “They knocked the ball around, and they either got a shot or a serve that was dangerous.”
A bright spot for Maryland was the continued excellence from Dayes. Despite not scoring a goal, Dayes had an assist, and her play received some high praise from her coach after the game.
“Kayla has just been a workhorse for us up front. She’s doing so, so much, it’s unbelievable,” said Leone.
While the Terps haven’t had an ideal start to the season, they’ve been a goal away from victory in both matches. Leone is still upbeat about the squad’s future this season.
“I think that the fight in this team is really, really promising,” Leone said. “Even in overtime, their heart was taken out of them, and they still had a chance.”
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