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Terps Take On #12 Ohio State, #13 Penn State

Maryland Athletics
10-10-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's soccer team opens up a three-match homestand this weekend at Ludwig Field against two ranked opponents. The Terps will face No. 12 Ohio State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. before hosting No. 13 Penn State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 Follow the Terps: Fans can watch Thursday match on BTN Plus or follow on live stats. Sunday's match can also be seen on BTN Plus or fans can follow live stats. 

Tracking the Terps

• After a 3-15-1 season in 2016, Maryland has more than doubled its win total with seven wins this season. Maryland has been solid at Ludwig Field this season, sporting a 4-1-1 record. Maryland has dropped its last two matches on the road to Nebraska and Iowa., but will finish with three of its last four matches at home. 

• After a 3-15-1 season in 2016, Maryland has more than doubled its win total with seven wins this season. Maryland has been solid at Ludwig Field this season, sporting a 4-1-1 record. Maryland has dropped its last two matches on the road to Nebraska and Iowa., but will finish with three of its last four matches at home. 

• The Terps battled back from a 0-2 halftime deficit to draw with No. 12 Wisconsin on Sept. 29. Freshman Gi Krstec and junior Jenna Surdick scored their first career goals in the match. 

• Maryland’s lone Big Ten win of the season came at Illinois, with senior Kate Waters providing a fantastic strike to win the contest with only minutes remaining. 

• Maryland romped through its nonconference schedule with an undefeated 6-0-1 record.  Maryland outscored its opponents 12-4 during that run and racked up 99 shots. It was the Terps’ first unbeaten nonconference slate since 2011.

• Redshirt senior Hope Gouterman is Maryland’s only player to start all 14 matches. Gouterman, who also serves as Maryland’s team captain, has logged a team-high 1,069 minutes and has notched her first two assists of her career this season.

• Maryland has seen numerous freshmen contribute to the squad’s success this season. Before an injury, Mikayla Dayes had racked up three goals and two assists and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Dayes’ twin sister Malikae has been a force in central defense in her three starts. 

• Before an injury, Chelsea Jackson was one of Maryland’s best attacking threats with three goals and an assist. Jackson has been a standout since transferring into Maryland last year with 15 total goals as a Terp. 

• Freshman Hope Lewandoski provided Maryland with a game winning goal against Drexel in its season opener. She (1,223) and Sydney Staier (1,165) have played the most minutes of Maryland’s newcomers.

• Senior Madison Turner, after playing all of the field last season, has settled into a more advanced role this season. That has translated into two goals, including a game winner against William & Mary, and one assist.

• Turner, Jlon Flippens and junior Jarena Harmon were Maryland’s Big Ten Players to Watch. Harmon has scored a goal and notched an assist so far this season. Maryland has gotten goals from nine different players so far this season. 

• Head coach Ray Leone is in his second season at the helm of the Maryland women’s soccer team. The Severna Park, Md., native spent nine years at Harvard, where he led the Crimson to five NCAA Tournament appearances and five Ivy League titles.

• Ohio State enters Thursday’s match as the 12th-ranked team in the country and tops in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes defeated the Terps last season in College Park.

• Penn State is tied for second in the Big Ten standings and is on a two-match winning streak. The Nittany Lions defeated the Terps 3-0 in College Park last year. 

Building Sustained Excellence 

The 2017 rebound of the Maryland women's soccer program was featured in last week's Terps Digest. The article can be found here.

Fresh Faces

Maryland brings in a dynamic freshmen class of 15 student athletes that all have the ability to contribute. More information on the class can be found here.

Gouterman on Hear the Turtle

Senior captain Hope Gouterman appeared on the Sept. 4 episode of Hear The Turtle, the offical podcast of Maryland Athletics. Gouterman dicussed the team's hot start, among a variety of topics. Gouterman has two assists this season and played the most minutes on the team (781) this season. 

The interview can be heard here.

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