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Terps Return Home to Face Wisconsin, Minnesota

Maryland Athletics
9-29-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's soccer team returns home for two matches this weekend. The Terps clash with No. 12 Wisconsin at 3 p.m. on Friday before coming back Sunday to take on Minnesota at 1 p.m.

 Follow the Terps: Fans can watch Friday's match on BTN Plus or follow live stats. 

Tracking the Terps

• Maryland is off to its best 10-match start since 2011, entering Friday’s game with Wisconsin sporting a 7-2-1 record. The Terps have already doubled their win total from 2016, when they went 3-15-1. 

• Maryland is off to its best 10-match start since 2011, entering Friday’s game with Wisconsin sporting a 7-2-1 record. The Terps have already doubled their win total from 2016, when they went 3-15-1. 

• The Terps picked up their first Big Ten victory of the season Friday night at Illinois. Senior Kate Waters scored on a beautiful 22-yard strike with under 10 minutes to go to give Maryland the win. 

• Maryland romped through its nonconference schedule with an undefeated 6-0-1 record.  Maryland outscored its opponents 12-4 during that run and racked up 99 shots. It was the Terps’ first unbeaten nonconference slate since 2011.

• Redshirt senior Hope Gouterman is Maryland’s only player to start all 10 matches. Gouterman, who also serves as Maryland’s team captain, has logged a team-high 959 minutes and has notched her first two assists of her career this season.

• Sophomore Jlon Flippens has been a force on both ends for the Terps this season. The Philadelphia native has been a stalwart in the back for Maryland while also shining on set pieces. Flippens has two goals and two assists this season, including a game winning penalty kick against George Mason.

• Maryland has seen numerous freshmen contribute to the squad’s success this season. Before an injury, Mikayla Dayes had racked up three goals and two assists and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Dayes’ twin sister Malikae has been a force in central defense in her three starts. 

• Freshman Hope Lewandoski provided Maryland with a game winning goal against Drexel in its season opener. She (865) and Sydney Staier (826) have played the most minutes of Maryland’s newcomers. 

• Senior Madison Turner, after playing all of the field last season, has settled into a more advanced role this season. That has translated into two goals, including a game winner against William & Mary. 

• Turner, Flippens and junior Jarena Harmon were Maryland’s Big Ten Players to Watch. Harmon has scored a goal and notched an assist so far this season. Maryland has gotten goals from seven different players so far this season.

• Head coach Ray Leone is in his second season at the helm of the Maryland women’s soccer team. The Severna Park, Md., native spent nine years at Harvard, where he led the Crimson to five NCAA Tournament appearances and five Ivy League titles.

• Maryland and Wisconsin did not face off last season. The two teams last played in 2015, with the Badgers winning in College Park, 1-0. Maryland has just three players (Waters, Turner, Natasha Ntone-Kouo) on the roster that played in that contest.

• Maryland’s match is a part of a soccer doubleheader at Ludwig Field. Maryland’s third-ranked men’s team will clash with Northwestern following the women’s match at 7 p.m.

Building Sustained Excellence 

The 2017 rebound of the Maryland women's soccer program was featured in last week's Terps Digest. The article can be found here.

Fresh Faces

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.

Gouterman on Hear the Turtle

Senior captain Hope Gouterman appeared on the Sept. 4 episode of Hear The Turtle, the offical podcast of Maryland Athletics. Gouterman dicussed the team's hot start, among a variety of topics. Gouterman has two assists this season and played the most minutes on the team (781) this season. 

The interview can be heard here.

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