MALIBU, Calif. – The University of Maryland women’s soccer team dropped its second straight decision to open the 2014 season with a 1-0 defeat at Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.
“I'm disappointed for our group,” said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. “I thought we were good today, particularly in the second half, between the 18's . However, the game is decided inside the 18's and Pepperdine was better than us. They took their chances and we did not.
“We have a lot of work still to do, but I saw many more positives than negatives.”
The lone goal of the game came in the 41st minute as the Wave’s Taylor Alvarado took a through-ball from Amanda LeCave and slipped the ball past a diving Rachelle Beanlands into the lower left corner.
Maryland (0-2-0) had its chances and showed its quality throughout the match, but could not find the elusive score.
The Terps’ first chance of the match came in opening minutes when junior Sarah Fichtner got the ball deep on the left flank and crossed the ball into the box. Junior Riley Barger looked to have a bead on it, but she was tied up by a pair of Pepperdine defenders to prevent the opportunity.
Junior Shannon Collins had a good look at the goal off of a corner, but her shot went over the crossbar in the 19th minute.
Less than a minute later senior Cory Ryan was extremely unlucky as the crossbar robbed her of a surefire goal. The ball was loose inside the Pepperdine box and Ryan got a good boot on it, but lifted her effort a bit too high.
Early in the second half Ryan was again in the mix of things as she was taken down to the turf twice inside the box, but no call was forthcoming. The ball did find its way back to Barger outside of the box, but her shot was picked off by Pepperdine keeper Hannah Seabert.
An innocuous play into the box by Collins in the 73rd minute turned into a dangerous play when her effort from distance curled toward the upper right 90. Seabert tipped the ball wide of the Wave net, but junior Maisie McCune collected the loose ball and rifled a shot that sailed just over the top of the bar.
Another chance from seemingly nowhere came in the 76th minute when redshirt freshman Alex Anthony, who was seeing her first collegiate action, made a quick turn and shoot from 25-plus yards. Her strike was true, but Seabert was able to react in time and prevent the equalizer.
After setting her career high with 10 saves in the season opener at UCLA, Beanlands only recorded one save vs. Pepperdine. Seabert finished the match with four stops.
“I think this trip was great for us,” said Morgan. “It certainly leaves a sour taste in terms of results, but we improved a tremendous amount and I think the experience will be good for us later in the season.”
Maryland returns to College Park to face William & Mary in its 2014 home opener on Thursday, Aug. 28. Start time for the Terps and the Tribe is set for 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.