COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Chelsea Jackson scored with just 52 seconds remaining in double overtime to propel the Maryland women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Richmond Thursday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins (4-0-1) are off to their best start since 2011, winning a game that featured 35 combined shots. Jackson’s tally was the third of her season and tied Mikayla Dayes for the team lead.
After an uneventful first 20 minutes, Maryland started to find some opportunities in the offensive zone. Dayes subbed in and immediately provided a spark, dancing past a few Richmond defenders before firing a shot that was saved with 25 minutes left in the half. In the 35th minute, Dayes latched onto an errant Richmond back pass, but launched her effort high.
The Terps piled on the pressure in the second half, racking up 13 shots in the final 45 minutes. Senior Madison Turner was close to the breakthrough on numerous occasions, seeing two of her shots saved in the span of 20 seconds in the 50th minute. The South Bend, Ind., native then pounded a shot off the pot in the 62nd minute.
Junior Jarena Harmon had Maryland’s best chance, corralling a poor touch from the Richmond keeper right in front of goal before scuffing the attempt. Freshman Anissa Mose forced a tough save in 75th minute after the ball fell to her 30 yards from goal.
Freshman Hope Lewandoski had the best chance of the first overtime stanza. Sophomore Jlon Flippens lifted a cross to the back-post that Lewandoski was able to head towards goal, but the shot was saved.
Jackson finished the game in the final minute of play. Senior Hope Gouterman took the ball on the right sideline near the Maryland bench and floated an angled ball toward the box. The pass bounced over a Richmond defender and into the back of Jackson, who smoothly flicked the ball with over left foot over the keeper to the back post.
The assist was the first of Gouterman’s career. She is the only Maryland player to play every minute this season. Maryland received great performances from its center backs; Flippens and sophomore Julia New, along with Sydney Staier in defense. Rachel Egyed made six saves.
The Terps had eight corners to none for the Spiders.
Maryland returns to action Sunday night at George Mason. Action begins at 7 p.m.