Maryland started the second half failing to convert three penalty corners. But on the fourth attempt, Bodil Keus fired a backhanded shot into the cage, breaking the scoreless tie with 22:59 remaining.
The sophomore defenseman initially mismanaged the pass from fellow sophomore midfielder Madison Maguire, but she quickly gathered it and shot it past junior goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran.
Keus’s goal proved to be enough for the No. 11 Terps, who defeated the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals 1-0 in what was a game of offensive surges and missed chances.
The Terps limited the Cardinals’ opportunities throughout the game and outshot Louisville 19 to 8.
“It’s great to press that hard and get something out of it,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “It’s just a matter of time before lots of shots start coming through.”
The first half was about even. Maryland controlled a majority of the possession but both teams had plenty of chances to get themselves on the board.
Louisville’s senior forward Nicole Woods had a breakaway early in the half but freshman defender Hannah Bond handled it beautifully by not allowing a clear path to the goal and blocking the attempted shot away.
Louisville had two other significant plays in the half with shots from freshman forward Madison Walsh and sophomore forward Minout Mink, but Sarah Holliday came out strong both times.
The second half included many opportunities to score through penalty corners, and Maryland took advantage of them, with the lone goal off a penalty corner leading them to the win.
Though Louisville had some chances to score on those penalty corners as well, they failed to follow through.
Freshman forward Marisa Martin Pelegrina for the Cardinals was set to score in front of the cage with about 18 minutes left to play, but Holliday came up big for Maryland yet again.
Holliday continued to stay strong in the second half. Her biggest save of the day came with just about four minutes left to play on a shot from junior midfielder Katie Walsh.
“She’s outstanding and she’s playing super well,” Meharg said. “I thought Sarah handled that one-on-one like a top level goalie. It was great.”
Maryland hung on for the rest of the game to complete the shutout and win their second game in a row after dropping their last two.
Holliday finished the day with four saves.
“I really felt more connected with the girls in the backfield,” Holliday said in regards to what she felt was the the biggest difference between this game and Friday’s game against Towson.
This is the Terps first win over a ranked opponent in three tries this season, the previous two being losses to Duke and Boston College.
The Terps now move to 3-2 on the season with their next contest being this upcoming Friday at Indiana at 3 p.m.
“I think it was a good confidence booster and I think it just adds more motivation going forward to keep developing,” Bond said.
Louisville drops to 4-2 and will head to Durham to take on the Blue Devils on Friday evening at 6 p.m.
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