When the Maryland Terrapins women’s soccer team takes the field on Thursday night against William & Mary, there’s a good chance the game will go down to the wire, as the Terps last four contest have all gone into overtime.
Up to this point, it seems to be a recipe for success for Maryland. In their overtime contests to date, the Terps sit at 3-0-1. Overall, Maryland has begun the season with a 5-0-1 record as they continue to exceed expectations. On Thursday night, whether it comes by a blowout or a nail-biter, the Terps will look to remain unbeaten in 2017.
Their opponent, William & Mary, will enter the contest with a 4-2-0 record. Based solely off of their record, the Tribe will be the toughest team Maryland has faced in 2017. However, the team comes in on a bit of a cold streak after dropping back to back games against Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Offensively, William & Mary is led by sophomore forward Sarah Segan and sophomore midfielder Charlotte Hyland, who have each scored three goals on the season. Much like Maryland, the Tribe is a second half team, having scored eight of their twelve goals in the second half.
As for the Maryland offense, the biggest storyline will once again be whether or not star freshman Mikayla Dayes sees the field. After injuring her knee last week against Richmond, she did not play at all in the win over George Washington.
If Dayes is once again unavailable, the Terps will still have plenty of other scoring options with their balanced attack. So far, five players have found the back of the net this season. Senior Chelsea Jackson leads the charge with three goals on the season.
The game will take place at Ludwig Field, where the Terps are 3-0 this season, at 7 p.m.