COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 6 Maryland netted two second half goals to overtake St. Joseph’s 2-1 in the team’s season opener Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Bodil Keus and junior Sabrina Rhodes both tallied their first career goals as Terrapins, as the squad moves to 1-0 on the season. St. Joseph’s drops to 1-1.
The visitors finally broke the scoreless tie in the game at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse complex after earning a penalty stroke in the 42nd minute. Anna Wilocks converted for the Hawks, forcing the Terps to play from a 1-0 deficit.
Maryland continued its relentless press of the ball, forcing all six of its penalty corners on the afternoon in the second half. The Terrapins capitalized in the 52nd minute, after a ball played in from sophomore Kelee Lepage found Madison Maguire for the stick stop at the top of the circle. Keus fired and scored for her team’s first goal of the season as the Terps brought the game even.
Rhodes sealed the deal in the 66th minute, finishing a beautiful string of passes with a stroke past the keeper into the left corner. Senior Brooke Adler had the assist to push the Terps to their first lead on the day with less than five minutes to go.
Maryland would play a player down after a yellow card at the 66:27 mark, but the hosts remained in control as time expired and the team sealed its 22nd straight season opening win. Maryland is now 40-3-2 in season openers.
After the Hawks opened the game with an early scoring chance, Maryland controlled the tempo for most of the opening half. The Terps limited St. Joseph’s opportunities for most of the game, allowing just two shots in the first 35 minutes. Maryland’s best chance came on a strike from freshman Sophie Giezeman towards the end of the half, but her attempt sailed just wide to keep the teams knotted at zero.
The Terps will return to competition next weekend to compete in the Big Ten/ACC Cup inb Lancaster, Pa. Maryland will first face off against #2 Duke on Friday, September 1 before taking on #12 Boston College on Sunday, September 3.