Maryland women’s soccer falls to Wisconsin

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The Terps got off to another hot start on Thursday in Madison. 

Just 10 minutes into the match, senior forward Alina Stahl buried a shot on Maryland’s first shot of the game, giving the Terps the early lead, one they would hold for some time. 

It continued the recent trend of Maryland going up early and dominating time of possession in the first half. However, the trend of them giving up that control and the lead in the second half also continued. 

The Terps lost 2-1 to Wisconsin in Madison. They fall to 2-4-1 with a 1-3 record in conference. 

Maryland continued its road trip Thursday night, hoping to bounce back following a 1-0 loss on Sunday to Coach Meg Ryan Nemzer’s former squad, Rutgers, in Piscataway. 

Nemzer had spoken last Thursday about wanting to continue their hot starts, and that mission was accomplished. Maryland’s first shot of the night found the back of the net, and at the end of the first half, two of their three  shots came on goal. 

 The emphasis from Nemzer last week was making sure they played as a well-rounded squad, backing up their explosive offense with consistent defense. That remained true until the 54th minute when Wisconsin evened it up following a number of opportunities in the Terps’ defensive zone. 

Wisconsin kept the pressure on, scoring again just 10 minutes later whilst keeping control of the ball. The Terps had a few chances which they were unable to convert, due in part to a great performance by Badgers’ keeper Lily Rawnsley. She finished the day with four saves. 

Fouls were an emphasis of the game, with the Terps recording 17 to the Badgers’ 18. The game was laden with awarded yellow cards, the Terps being given three while Wisconsin received 1. The team will need to clean that up if they want to turn things around. 

Maryland will get the chance to do so as they return home for a little while. They will face Michigan State at 1 pm this Sunday at Ludwig Field.