After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular season against Northwestern on Friday, the Terps fell just two days later to No. 23 Virginia 3-1.
Head coach Missy Meharg has preached her team’s ability to view each game as a new challenge throughout the season, but on Sunday, the Terps looked both flat and out-of-sorts on the road against Virginia.
The Terps were without defender Nike Lorenz and midfielder Sophie Giezeman for Sunday’s game, and the absence of the duo costed the Terps from a defensive standpoint.
Virginia proved to be a test for Maryland in the early stages of the first half. Freshman Greer Gill sparked the scoring for Virginia when the young playmaker put the visiting Terps in a 1-0 hole just under seven minutes into the first half.
Gill continued to be a handful for the Maryland defense as about two minutes later, the midfielder scored her fourth goal of the season off a deflection off a Cavalier penalty corner.
In the first half, Maryland struggled to get anything going in the Virginia defensive end. The Terps only produced five first-half shots on redshirt senior goalkeeper Carrera Lucas, unable to get on the scoreboard before the half came to a close.
The Terps came out of the locker room in the second half rejuvenated, scoring a goal four minutes into the final half. Sophomore Bodil Keus assisted senior captain Linnea Gonzales to bring the deficit to one goal.
Maryland played a much better half in the second, taking nine shots on the cage and forcing Lucas to make eight saves on the day. Virginia, however, scored an important goal with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. Junior defender Anzel Viljoen scored her first goal of the season to increase the Virginia lead back to two goals.
The Cavs prevented the Terps from getting another goal past Lucas, giving Maryland their second loss of the season. Maryland now will test their fate in the Big Ten Tournament before moving onto the NCAA Tournament.