The Maryland women’s soccer team suffered its first loss on Sunday against Rutgers by a score of 2-0.
The Terps played their first Big 10 game away against Rutgers and showcased toughness and the ability to compete against the no. 13 team in the nation.
During the opening 20 minutes of the first half, Rutgers was able to move the ball and stayed in Maryland territory, but could not capitalize on shots.
Maryland came out and looked very physical and held up strong against the rugged Rutgers attack.
The Terps’ defense held up strong against Rutgers attack and towards the end of the first half, Maryland’s attack started to come alive.
The Terps started to control the tempo and also started to attempt shots on goal.
However, with this strong attack came injuries.
Junior Forward Jarena Harmon and senior forward Chelsea Jackson both left the game in the first half and did not return.
With these two big losses, the Terps attack stepped up and played well keeping the Terps in the game throughout the first half.
The second half of the game was just like the first; a back and forth battle in the beginning.
Rutgers and Maryland both came out attacking the ball and attempting shots, but still no one could score.
However Rutgers caught a big break in the second half; an own goal by Maryland.
Senior Midfielder Hope Gouterman was diving for a header after a kick to the middle of the goalie box from Rutgers Forward Alexia Ferrira. The header was hit into the goalie box, giving Rutgers a 1-0 lead.
After this crushing goal, the Terps tried to bounce back but the Rutgers attack had a different plan.
Soon after this goal, Rutgers recovered the ball and moved quickly into Maryland territory.
Rutgers forward Colby Ciarocca from moved past the defense and made a decisive pass to her teammate Amirah Ali for a give-and-go. Ciarocca continued moving and received the pass and scored an easy goal giving Rutgers a 2-0 lead.
This goal ended any hopes of a comeback and Maryland went on to lose 2-0.
This was Maryland’s first loss of the year, and the Terps fell to 6-1-1.
The Terps started strong with its physicality, but the Rutgers attack was too much for the Terps defense.
Maryland women’s soccer will be back in action on the road Friday Sept. 22 against Illinois.
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