Maryland beats Illinois 1-0. Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

Disappointing night in Minnesota as Maryland drops its third straight match

Maryland’s first road match of their Big Ten campaign was one they’ll want to forget after being shutout 3-0 against Minnesota Friday night.

The loss is now the third straight for the Terrapins (3-6-3, 1-3-0), with all three of the losses coming against teams in the top four of the Big Ten standings. Maryland, which is now 0-4-1 on the road this season, was outshot for the third straight game in a row as well.

The Gophers held a 18-5 shot advantage on the night, and Maryland was unable to register a single shot on net as Minnesota pushed its shutout streak to 396 minutes.

The match was pushed back from Thursday night to Friday night due to poor weather on the east coast delaying travel for the Terrapins, who were eventually welcomed to Minneapolis with temperatures in the 40’s at kickoff.

Minnesota (7-4-1, 3-1-1) dominated much of the pace of play from the onset, as Maryland seemed to be just a step slow from the opening whistle. The Terps were able to muster just one shot in the first 45 minutes, a strike from Jarena Harmon that was blocked by the Golden Gophers’ defense.

For the second game in a row Maryland found themselves in a hole, surrendering the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute. Senior Molly Fiedler tallied her second goal of the season from the top of the box off a pass from outside back Marisa Windingstad.

Fielder also scored the first goal in last year’s meeting between the two teams, a 3-1 Golden Gophers victory in College Park.

Just three minutes out of the gate in the second half, Minnesota doubled their lead after forward Makenzie Langdok netted a goal off of a corner.

The Golden Gophers sealed the deal in the 78th minute as Megan Gray was able to take advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Rachel Egyed, which seemed to be a fitting end to a poor performance for Maryland.  

The Terps will now look to right the ship as they head to Wisconsin for a Sunday matinee in Madison, which will conclude their first road trip of Big Ten play. The two teams drew last season with two goals a piece.