A tall task is at hand for the Terps Sunday, who welcome No. 14 Northwestern to College Park, looking for their first win since September 14.
Maryland dropped Thursday night’s match against Illinois 1-0 following a disputed penalty call against Terrapins’ right back Anissa Mose. It was yet another bump in the road for a Maryland team that has been struggling as of late.
“You lick your wounds and you start over,” head coach Ray Leone would go on to say after the match.
Maryland is not only looking for a win Sunday, but a goal as well. It has been 294 minutes since the Terrapins last scored, a three-game stretch that has lasted two calendar weeks.
They’ve only registered five shots on goal over that stretch as well.
The Terps hope to once again have junior forward Darby Moore in the mix. Moore suffered an ankle injury last Sunday in Wisconsin and did not return. She was expected to return Thursday vs. Illinois, but was unable to do so.
Moore has been one of Maryland’s best players on the attack this season, tied for second on the team in goals scored with two. Her return would certainly aid a stagnant Terrapins offense.
Northwestern comes to College Park allowing just seven goals in 13 games played so far on the season, in large part due to the stellar play of freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood.
Wood, who has played for both the U16 and U18 United States national team, has made 46 saves in her 13 starts. She carries an impressive .868 save percentage into Sunday’s match.
With youth in net, the Wildcats rely on more veteran players in their attack. Seniors Brenna Lovera and Marisa Viggiano have assisted on Northwestern goals three times each this season, which leads the team. Lovera also leads Northwestern in goals scored with five.
The two teams met last year in Evanston in what would be a 2-0 victory for the Wildcats. Lovera scored the opening goal in the match, and defender Hannah Davison would tally the other.
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