PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Maryland women’s soccer team dropped a hard fought 2-0 decision to No. 13 Rutgers Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
The loss was the Terrapins (6-1-1) first of the season, and the first match in which they did not score a goal. Maryland was even with the Scarlet Knights, who have not given up a goal all season, before an own goal in the 65th minute broke the deadlock.
Maryland had the first good chance of the game in the second minute. Senior Madison Turner slipped a pass to Jarena Harmon inside the box, but the junior was unable to poke the ball past Casey Murphy. The match was fairly open in the first half, with Maryland keeper Rachel Egyed making a couple of solid stops to keep Rutgers off the board.
In the 35th minute, freshman Anissa Mose fired a solid effort that just missed the top left corner of the net. The Terps’ backline of Jenna Surdick, Julia New, Malikae Dayes and Hope Gouterman held strong against Rutgers’ attacks.
The Terps continued to play the Scarlet Knights even in the second half, with Turner forcing a save in the 55th minute. The breakthrough came in the 65th minute, when an attempted headed clearance by Gouterman trickled past Egyed and into the Terps’ net.
A long ball over the top to Kady Badham in the 65th minute almost provided the Terps with a chance. Murphy came to meet Badham just inside the box and cleared the ball into the path of Turner. The senior tried to lift the ball over Murphy, but the decorated Rutgers keeper recovered to make the stop.
The Scarlet Knights put the match away in the 74th minute. A well worked move ended with Amirah Ali’s back heel touch that fell into the path of Colby Ciarrocca, who finished past Egyed. Maryland’s final good chance came when Turner crossed to Sydney Staier. The freshman attempted a jumping finish, but could not steer her effort on frame.
Egyed was spectacular throughout, including an acrobatic one-handed stop to keep the deficit to 2-0 late in the match.
Maryland returns to action Friday night at Illinois. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and fans can watch the action live on BTN Plus.