It looked to be another quiet night for the Maryland (3-3-3, 1-0) attack, who were outshot 7-4 in the first half by the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-3-1, 0-1). The second half could not be more different, as four second half goals on 11 shots lead the Terrapins to a 4-0 victory.
“We’re more relaxed in the moments in front,” Maryland Head Coach Ray Leone said after the Terps scored the most goals they have had in a single game this season, “When you’re more relaxed, you don’t need as many chances.”
Maryland broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, as center-back Adalee Broadbent sent a long ball in which bounced over the head of Iowa goalkeeper Claire Graves, leaving senior Jarena Harmon with a wide open net to tally her fourth goal of the season.
Harmon, who started the match on the bench, would double the Terrapins’ score with a half volley eight minutes later off of a free kick in by Hope Lewandowski.
The goals were the first for the Washington, D.C. native since August 24. The Terps are now 3-0 on the season when Harmon scores.
“It’s been a struggle, just being able to combine with the attack,” the forward said after the match, “It’s a different type of hunger,” searching for that goal.
Maryland tacked on a third goal in the 72nd minute as Darby Moore’s long ball from in front of the Terps’ bench fluttered over the head of Graves for a highlight reel goal. The goal is Moore’s first of the season.
The redshirt junior trademarked the half shot/half cross as a ”Shoss,” saying, “It turned out to be a little better than expected.”
Alyssa Poarch closed the scoring in the 84th minute with her first goal of the season.
The Terrapins have now already matched their win total from their previous three Big Ten campaigns, and will now have ten opportunities to double their count.
Redshirt senior Rachel Egyed backs up her Big Ten goalkeeper of the week honor with her second straight clean sheet on 7 saves.
“In Rachel we trust,” Moore added, “We just got to help her out a little more and not have her make those amazing saves.”
The win is revenge for a Maryland team that lost 4-0 in Iowa City last season, and the first victory for the Terrapins over the Hawkeyes since 2014.
The Terrapins will look to keep the momentum going against Nebraska Sunday at Ludwig.
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