Santa Clara, Calif. - The No. 15 University of Maryland women’s soccer team dropped its first match of the 2013 season, a 1-0 decision at No. 22 Santa Clara Friday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The decision gives the Terps a 4-1-0 mark for the season, while Santa Clara moves to 3-2-0 on the year.
"Tonight's result is really disappointing for our group," said Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan. "We prepared well and worked hard, but for whatever reason we couldn't find our rhythm in the attacking third tonight.
"Santa Clara is a well organized team and that certainly had something to do with our ineffectiveness. They have a world class player in [Julie] Johnston and I'm sure they'll continue to get good results. They've clearly taken some strides since their first two games."
"Nonetheless, with all that said, I felt we deserved a penalty and maybe even a second. If we get one maybe the complexion of the game changes a bit. Unfortunately, the middle didn't see it the same way and we didn't figure out a way to solve Santa Clara. That's soccer I guess."
The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute on an individual effort from Johnston, who split a pair of Terrapin defenders on the right side of the Maryland six and somehow managed to get her shot inside the left post from a severe angle.
Maryland had an opportunity in the 16th minute when sophomore Ashley Spivey was taken down just outside the Santa Clara 18 to set up a free kick for the Terps. Sophomore Erika Joab took the kick, but her effort was blocked by the Bronco wall. Maryland earned two corner kicks from the exchange, but could not get a shot to go.
Sophomore Aubrey Baker was issued a yellow card in the 22nd minute, but Maryland managed to turn that into a scoring opportunity as well. The Terps counter-attacked the Santa Clara free kick and Spivey got a good run on the ball and ripped a shot from 24 yards out, but that effort when just over the crossbar.
The Terrapins appeared to have tied the match in the 29th minute when freshman Lauren Berman seemed to have timed her run perfectly to get behind the Broncos’ back line and finished from in close, but the flag came up from the side official and an offside call negated the Maryland goal.
Maryland desperately tried to put the equalizer on the board in the second half, but despite throwing numbers to the offensive end the Terps were unable to seriously threaten a packed-in Broncos defense.
The Terps looked like they had a chance with time winding down in the 87th minute when senior Hayley Brock received the ball at the top of the Santa Clara 18, but she was immediately swarmed by six Broncos defenders and her shot was blocked away before it could even begin to threaten the Santa Clara net.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands tied her season high with four saves in the match.
Maryland will finish up its west coast swing and the non-conference portion of its schedule when it plays at No. 4 Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 8. Kickoff between the Terps and the Cardinal is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern time and the match will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.