FAIRFAX, Va. – Sophomore Jlon Flippens slotted home a penalty kick with 3:46 remaining in the opening overtime period to push the Maryland women’s soccer team past George Mason, 2-1, at George Mason Stadium Sunday night.
The Terrapins (5-0-1) went ahead on senior Madison Turner’s goal in the 43rd minute, before relinquishing the advantage in the 55th minute. The Terps have played four straight overtime matches and are unbeaten in them.
After the Patriots controlled the opening 20 minutes of the match, Maryland started to work its way into the contest. Flippens’ 31st minute corner kick dropped dangerously in front of the goal mouth, but no Terp was able to get a touch. Turner then fired wide from 22 yards out seconds later.
Maryland’s set piece work came up with the opening goal in the 43rd minute. Flippens lifted a ball that senior Hope Gouterman flicked to Turner, who headed the ball into the Mason net. It was Turner’s first goal of the season. Gouterman has an assist in each of her last two matches after not having one for her entire career.
Junior Kady Badham had Maryland’s best chance of the early stages of the second half. On a counterattacking move, Turner slipped a pass that set up Badham’s saved right-footed effort. Rebecca Callison struck back for the Patriots with a goal in the 55th minute.
The match became an up-and-down affair from that point, with both teams having opportunities to finish proceedings in regulation. Senior Chelsea Jackson fired wide from the top of the box in the 59th minute before a Turner cross in the 64th minute set up Sydney Staier for a free header at the back post that went wide.
With 15 minutes left in regulation, Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed singlehandedly kept the Patriots at bay. The redshirt junior got finger tips to a Daniela Neves effort bound for the top corner to force a corner kick. On that set piece, Egyed made an incredible reaction save to deny Amanda Nhek from point blank range.
Jackson found herself in almost an identical spot at the top of the box to her previous second half shot, only to launch her shot over the crossbar.
Maryland jumped on George Mason in overtime, notching three corner kicks in the opening two minutes. A handball in the 96th minute gave Flippens her penalty kick opportunity. The sophomore coolly slotted the ball into the left corner to give Maryland the victory. It was the second penalty kick goal of her career.
The Terps return to action Thursday against William & Mary. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Ludwig Field and the match can be seen live on BTN Plus.