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Watching the Maryland Terrapins women’s soccer team is not for the faint of heart. Coming into Sunday night’s matchup against George Mason, the Terps had played in three consecutive overtime games and won two of them. That trend would continue as an overtime goal by Jlon Flippens gave the Terps a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Patriots.
The score for Flippens came on a penalty kick in the 96th minute. For the sophomore midfielder, it is her second score on the year. She now joins freshman Mikayla Dayes and senior Chelsea Jackson as the latest Terp to come up clutch in extra time.
Unlike their Thursday night matchup against Richmond where the Terps did not score until the final minute of double overtime on a Chelsea Jackson game-winner, Maryland got on the board early against George Mason. The Terps scored only their second first-half goal of the season in the 43rd minute on senior Madison Turner first goal of the season.
Twelve minutes later, the Patriots tied the game at one when junior Rebecca Callison scored her first goal of her 2017 campaign. Callison’s goal was one of the few opportunities George Mason had on the night as the team finished with five shots on goal.
As for Maryland’s offense, they did not have many chances either. They finished with only six shots on goal.
Even without key offensive player Mikayla Dayes the Terps were still able to find a way to score two goals. Dayes did not play in the matchup after suffering a knee injury in the game against Richmond.
Maryland junior goalie Rachel Egyed had another solid day in the net, finishing with four saves. Egyed’s save numbers may not look too impressive, but her ability to block a shot when it matters most has been a big part of the Terps’ success this season. Maryland has still yet to allow multiple goals to any of their opponents this season.
With the win the Terps advance to 5-0-1 on the season while George Mason drops to 0-5.
It has been a spectacular season for the Terps, who continue to win thrilling games and improve after coming off a rough 2016 season that resulted in only three wins. Maryland will look to remain unbeaten on Thursday when they host William and Mary at 7 p.m.
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