The winless streak extends to five for Maryland (2-3-3) as they draw the George Washington Colonials’ (4-2-1) 0-0 Sunday night, but the Terrapins are optimistic going to Big Ten play.
The match was the third straight to go to overtime for Maryland, who have seen four of their last five matches remain tied after 90 minutes of regulation. It was a chilly, rainy September night at Ludwig Field as the Terrapins closed their out-of-conference schedule with a match against George Washington under the lights Sunday.
Sophomore Hope Lewandowski was able to create problems for the George Washington back line all game with her speed and quickness, generating opportunities left and right for the Terrapins.
She also saw her header, which would have won the match, hit off the post in the last seconds of the match.
“She’s hungry.” Maryland Coach Ray Leone said of the Newbury, Ohio native, “You lose her for a second and she’s already in.”
Leone also commended his team’s growth from the 2017 campaign, where the Terrapins had a 6-0-1 record in their out-of-conference play. Despite being undefeated before conference play last year, the coach likes what he sees from his squad so far.
“Where we are now, compared to last year, going into the Big Ten it’s not even close.”
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Rachel Egyed was great in net for Maryland once again, recording another clean sheet and making 7 saves.
“You got to be ready for anything at any time,” the goalkeeper remarked, who has solidified herself as the starter for Ray Leone after sharing time with back-up Erin Seppi in the first matches of the season.
Much of the first half of play was contained around the midfield area, with neither team mustering any significant goal-scoring opportunities. Maryland was unable to sustain any long spells of possession as they were on the receiving end of 11 George Washington fouls through the first 45 minutes.
Maryland’s best opportunity of regulation came in the 72nd minute as an Alyssa Poarch cross found forward Emily McNesby in front of the net and her shot was blocked by a Colonials’ defender. The rebound rolled out to sophomore Malikae Dayes, who fired a shot just over the bar from 20 yards out.
George Washington tried grabbing a match-winner in the dying moments of regulation, with forward Sofia Pavon rocking a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards out, over the hands of Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed.
The Terrapins now look forward to the grueling stretch that is Big Ten conference play, starting with the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday night at Ludwig.
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