After playing in four consecutive one-score matches, it was almost a given that the Maryland Terrapins women’s soccer team’s game against William & Mary on Thursday would go down to the wire. Once again the Terps came out victorious, defeating the Tribe by a score of 1-0 to remain unbeaten.
Although the game seemed eerily similar to every Maryland matchup this year, there was one major difference. Unlike the first six games of the season where the Terps did a majority of their scoring in the second half, Maryland scored their lone goal early in today’s match.
Only two minutes and 59 seconds into the contest, senior midfielder Madison Turner recorded her second goal in as many games.
“I love Maddy,” said sophomore defender Julia New. “I think she is someone we should be finding all the time for through balls, goals, just being active on the plays.”
Having taken the lead earlier than usual, Maryland would now have to focus on preventing William & Mary from getting a score of their own.
The Terps would do just that thanks to a defense that held the tribe to under 10 shots. William & Mary had plenty of chances to capitalize on goals, but sloppy play in the box led to easy clears for Maryland. Junior goalie Rachel Egyed only recorded two saves, but she had a busy night in goal as the Tribe seemed to always be pressuring the Terps defense.
Other than the early goal allowed in the opening minutes, William & Mary’s defense had an impressive showing against Maryland. The Terps were relentless on offense, finishing with eight shots on goal.
Once again the Terps seemed to find a rhythm even without star freshman Mikayla Dayes, who sat out her second consecutive game with a knee injury.
“It’s been tough,” said Madison Turner about playing without Dayes, “I think it’s going to be everyone taking up that slack a little bit.”
If it weren’t for some stellar saves from Tribe senior goalie Grace Smith, the Terps could have lit up the scoreboard. Smith would finish with seven saves.
With another close win, Maryland continues an incredible start to their 2017 campaign. After only recording three wins in 2016, the Terps now sit at 6-0-1 through their first seven games this year while William & Mary falls to 4-3 on the season.
With the non-conference schedule over, Maryland will look ahead to its first Big Ten matchup of the season against a strong Rutgers team. However, the Terps first get a ten day break, which is much needed after some stressful overtime games in the past week.
“Oh god, yeah we played like an extra game and a half almost,” said head coach Ray Leone. “We definitely can use it.”
The Terps will take on Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey on Sunday, September 17.