BOILING SPINRGS, N.C. – Freshman Mikayla Dayes scored two goals, including the game winner in the 104th minute, as the Maryland women’s soccer defeated Gardner-Webb, 2-1, in double overtime at Greene-Harbison Stadium Friday night.
The Terrapins (3-0) took the lead in the 53rd minute on Dayes first tally of the night before Gardner-Webb tied it with just under three minutes remaining. With the win, Maryland is off to its best start since 2013.
Maryland controlled play for the majority of the first half and had the better of the chances. Redshirt sophomore Darby Moore forced a pair of saves in the opening 12 minutes while a Jlon Flippens corner in the 15th minute almost resulted in a goal.
Flippens had Maryland’s best chance in the first 45 minutes. The sophomore ripped a 22-yard free kick in the 25th minute, but her effort was palmed over the crossbar.
Maryland got on the board early in the second half. Flippens sent in a free kick to the near post that Chelsea Jackson flicked back to Dayes, who powered the ball past the keeper.
After the Terps continued to press for a second tally, but Gardner-Webb leveled the match just before fulltime when Stina Kleppe banged a 20-yard free kick off the post and in past Rachel Egyed.
The first 10 minutes of extra time went without a chance for either team before Dayes finished the match in the second period. The freshman outmuscled a defender on the left side of the box and then faked a shot for slotting the ball home with her right foot.
Maryland returns to action Sunday morning at Furman. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.