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Maryland splits Big Ten conference matchups, suffer first loss of the season

After a victory at home against Rutgers, the Maryland Terrapins had a quick turnaround against the No. 7 Penn State Nittany Lions, losing their first game of the season 3-1.

Penn State began the scoring about 25 minutes in as sophomore midfielder Abby Myers shuffled past the Terps defense and knocked home a goal past Holliday.

The Nittany Lions continued their strong offensive output in the second half, scoring two goals roughly five minutes apart from each other. Freshman defender Anna Simon and senior forward Moira Putsch added goals to extend the lead to three, effectively ending the Terps’ hopes for an undefeated season.

Nike Lorenz eliminated the possibility of a shutout when she scored off a penalty stroke late in the second half. Maryland was unable to tie things up late, ending their perfect season.

It was not all bad for the Terps (13-1) this weekend as head coach Missy Meharg celebrated her 700th career game on the Maryland sideline against Rutgers. The Terps tried to establish their offense early on Friday to preserve a win for their head coach during her astonishing milestone.

“I saw it on Instagram, so that’s how I found out,” sophomore Kyler Greenwalt said. “We were out here playing for her and playing for each other. She never really mentioned it, but we saw it. She truly loves the game.”

Meharg was extremely pleased with her team’s effort during the game, and was happy to reach the 700-game accomplishment at Maryland.

“I think Maryland didn’t have the best overall game,” Meharg said. “I think Maryland played choppy today, and I think we were very fortunate to be able to get on the board.”

The game began with near-scoring chances for both teams early in the first half. Sabrina Rhodes was streaking towards the net and fired a shot past Rutgers goalie Gianna Glatz, but a foul committed before the shot waved off the goal.

Maryland finally capitalized on their early scoring chances off a penalty corner five minutes into the game. Sophomore midfielder Kyler Greenwalt knocked home a shot off a save from Glatz to put the Terps on top with her second goal of the year.

After the first goal scored, the Terps continued to put shots on Glatz. Eight minutes later, freshman Bibi Donraadt deflected a shot from Gonzales in between the pipes to extend the early lead to two goals. Rutgers did not have time to recuperate after the second goal, as Donraadt scored her second of the game just 43 seconds later. Her parents made the trip to College park to see the young star in action.

“I haven’t seen my parents for three months, and I was so happy to see them yesterday and that they are here now is extra special,” Donraadt said. “Of course, I wanted to show them how much fun we have here and how much I like it over here.”

Maryland continued to control possession at home, allowing zero shots in the entire first half to the Scarlet Knights. The Maryland defense, led by sophomore Bodil Keus, continues to have incredible success at keeping opposing playmakers under duress.

In the second half, Maryland continued to control possession, but the Rutgers defense stayed strong allowing zero second half tallies. Donraadt came extremely close with 15 minutes to go after a Nike Lorenz shot hit the post, the freshman shot the rebound high, but it was knocked away by Austyn Cuneo for a defensive save.

Rutgers finally produced a goal with just under 12 minutes remaining as Tayla Parkes pushed one through the relief goaltender Noelle Frost.

Maryland continues their conference play as they travel to Indiana to take on the (3-9) Hoosiers on Friday at 3 p.m.