The Maryland women’s soccer team huddle up before their game vs Illinois at Ludwig Field, Oct. 4. (Emily Morina/ The Left Bench)

Terps drop final match of the season 1-0 to Indiana

It was a disappointing end to the Terps’ season Sunday afternoon, losing 1-0 to the Indiana Hoosiers at Ludwig Field.

The only goal of the match came in the 38th minute, as Hoosiers midfielder Grace Geise found herself wide open at the top of the box and slotted one in the bottom right corner past Maryland (4-10-5, 2-7-2) goalkeeper Rachel Egyed. It was the culmination of a first half dominated by Indiana (8-8-2, 4-7-0), outshooting the Terps 10-6.

Maryland had chances in the second half, including a Hope Lewandowski shot in the 77th minute that rang of the crossbar. But for the 10th time this the season, the Terps’ attack was held scoreless.

The game was the final collegiate match for the Terps’ four seniors: Egyed, Jarena Harmon, Jenna Surdick and Kady Badham, all of whom contributed greatly to the team.

Harmon finished the season as the team’s top scorer with six goals, Egyed was the team’s starting goalkeeper in all but three matches this season, Surdick finishes with the fifth-most minutes played on the team and Badham started in nearly half of the matches played this season.

Redshirt junior Darby Moore, who entered College Park in the same class as Maryland’s four seniors, remarked how it was an emotional day.   

“A lot of it had to do with we had to remember that even if we were out of the [Big Ten] Tournament, we still have a lot to play for,” Moore said. “For ourselves, for our pride, for our seniors.”

All but three matches for Maryland were settled by a goal or less on the season, including eight games that went to overtime.

“We showed that we can play in those games,” sophomore Hope Lewandowski said. “We just got to consistently move forward… We know that we can compete against those Big Ten teams.”

Maryland now moves forward to 2019 with with 23 of 27 players on their roster returning, making them primed for improvement.

“As hard as it is to take, it went from losing big last year to losing close,” head coach Ray Leone said. “Close isn’t good enough for me, but it is a phase and we will pass through it.”