COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Madison Turner scored her third goal of the year in the first half, but the Maryland’s women’s soccer team dropped its Sunday afternoon match, 3-1, to Minnesota at Ludwig Field Sunday afternoon.
Despite outshooting the Gophers (7-2-3, 3-1-1) 7-4, the Terrapins (7-3-3, 1-3-1) were unable to find the back of the net enough times to rebound from an early 2-0 deficit.
That deficit was established in the first 10:25 of the match. Molly Fiedler tallied the Gophers first goal, finishing off a move that involved Nikki Albrecht and Julianna Gernes. Gernes provided the cross that Megan Koenig finished off at the 10:25 mark to double Minnesota’s advantage.
The Terps struck back through Turner in the 13th minute. The senior, starting at centerback, easily burst past a Gopher defender from 30 yards out before unleashing a shot a few steps later into the right corner of the net.
Maryland continued to press for an equalizer for the remainder of the half and were on the front foot against the reigning Big Ten champions. Freshman Hope Lewandoski had a goal bound long range effort deflected in the 18th minute.
The Terps started the second half with the better of the chances. Redshirt sophomore Darby Moore fired away from just outside the 18-yard box, but her effort sailed just wide. Minnesota retook the two-goal advantage through April Bockin in the 67th minute.
In the 80th minute, freshman Sydney Staier put in a corner kick that just missed a tough from Hope Gouterman that would’ve given the Terps a tally. Minnesota keeper Kailee Sharp made a fantastic reaction save to deny Jarena Harmon’s headed effort late in the match.
The match saw the season debut of freshman Hannah Col, who played 27 minutes in the second half. Lewandoski led the Terps in shots with three.
Maryland returns to action Thursday night at Nebraska, with kickoff scheduled for 8:05 p.m. The match will be broadcast nationally on BTN.