COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women's soccer team will look to continue its unbeaten stretch to start the season with two matches this weekend. The Terps return home to face Richmond Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., before taking the short drive to Fairfax, Va., to take on George Mason Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Maryland moved its record to 3-0-1 with a 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday before a 1-1 tie with Furman Sunday. Freshman Mikayla Dayes tallied both goals against the Bulldogs, including the game winner in the 104th minute.
The Terps went to extra time for the second time of the weekend against Furman, but could not find a winning goal. Senior Chelsea Jackson scored her second goal of the season in the first half with Dayes providing the assist.
Youth is Served
Maryland has received major contributions from its freshman class over its first four contests. Dayes leads the squad with three goals and two assists while her sister Malikae Dayes has contributed in defense. Maryland has gotten very good play in the midfield from Anissa Mose and Hope Lewandoski. Lewandoski scored the winning goal against Drexel in Maryland's season opener.
Dayes Named Freshman of the Week
Freshman forward Mikayla Dayes was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.
Dayes leads all Big Ten Freshman with eight points and ranks second overall in the league in that category. She has three goals and two assist so far on the season, both lead the Terrapins.
Three Terps Named Big Ten Players to Watch
Turner started all 19 matches in 2016 and notched two assists. The senior, who started games at forward, in the midfield and along the backline last season, is expected to once again help the Terps in a variety of positions on the field.
Harmon, a junior, was Maryland’s second leading scorer in 2016 with eight goals and combined with Chelsea Jackson as one of the top scoring tandems in the conference. The Washington D.C., native also added one assist over her 16 starts.
Flippens burst onto the scene as a freshman last year, recording a team high in minutes played (1763) and starting all 19 matches. She led the Terps with four assists and also added a goal.
Senior forward Chelsea Jackson returns for her senior campaign after leading the Terps in scoring a team-high nine goals with two assists. She was second on the team in shots with 33. Jackson already has two goals this season.
Including Jackson’s tallies, Maryland returns 20 of its 21 goals from the 2016 season.
Between the Sticks
Maryland’s most experienced returner in goal is redshirt junior Rachel Egyed, who started eight games and played in 14 last season. Newcomers Erin Seppi (Boston College transfer) and Andi Wenck (Kansas State transfer) will also vie for playing time.
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.