Maryland’s momentum stalls in 2-1 overtime loss to Nebraska

Maryland (3-4-3, 1-1) was unable to keep the momentum rolling following Friday’s win against Iowa, dropping Sunday’s match 2-1 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-3-2, 1-0-1) in overtime.

For the fifth time this season, 90 minutes were not enough for Maryland or their opponent to find a game-winner. Maryland has yet to win an overtime game this season, with a 0-2-3 overall record in overtime.

Nebraska, who Maryland lost 3-0 to last year in Lincoln, made it difficult for Maryland head coach Ray Leone’s side to get anything going on offense.

“We just didn’t play completely where we wanted to play,” Leone said, “We were playing into their hands some.”   

Nebraska senior forward Faith Carter delivered the game-winner two minutes into overtime, heading a corner kick in at the near post after causing problems for Maryland defenders all game on set pieces.

Maryland took the early lead in this one, in the 26th minute as Mikayla Dayes did well to take the ball down the right wing and pick out forward Darby Moore, who slotted a shot home from about eight yards out.

The goal makes it two in two games for the redshirt junior, the first of which made SportsCenter’s Top Ten Plays last Friday night thanks to her lofted attempt from 40 yards out.

Moore, who has been playing more of an attacking role this year, has been playing some of her best soccer of the season.

“I know I’ve been working with my coaches to try to make me into a more attacking, forward player,” said Moore. “It’s always trying to keep my eyes on the goal.”

The Norfolk, Virginia native looked to have her second goal of the match in the 60th minute, but she was ruled offsides after chipping a shot over Nebraska goalkeeper Aubrei Corder.

Nebraska tied the match in the 63rd minute as Carter was able to find her attack partner Savanah Uveges, who vollyed home a shot past Maryland goalie Rachel Egyed.

The goal was part of a 15-minute stretch where the Cornhuskers controlled possession and was able to force Egyed to make four saves, plus a few opportunities that were just off the net.

Nebraska dominated much of the second half, and outshot Maryland 16-4 over the entirety of the match.

“Nebraska is a really good team,” Moore said postgame, “They did a really good job of pressuring us.”

The Terrapins will close out their five-game homestand next Sunday against Big Ten opponent Rutgers.