By: Hannah Fields
For the fourth consecutive game, 90 regulation minutes weren’t enough for Maryland women’s soccer team.
Once again, the Terps waited until overtime to finally defeat the George Mason Patriots 2-1, on Jlon Flippens goal on a penalty kick.
Though the Terps were able to create 13 shot opportunities by the end of the game, that was not the case for the majority of the first half. George Mason’s Daniela Neves put early pressure on the Maryland defense and goalkeeper Rachel Egyed, but the score still remained 0-0 for the majority of the half. Through one half, Maryland only had three shot attempts. That did not discourage senior midfielder Madison Turner from scoring her first goal of the season by putting one in the back of the net after an assist by Hope Gouterman and Jlon Flippens.
The Patriots tied the game up 1-1 with 34 minutes left in regulation and, despite numerous shot attempts by Maryland’s Chelsea Jackson and Turner, the score would not budge before regulation time ran out.
The Terps are no stranger to overtime, with each of their four previous games going into extra time, but that did not make the task at hand any easier. Maryland began overtime with three corners and three scoring opportunities, but could not find the back of the net. The physicality in this game was unprecedented, with a total of 21 fouls, which only intensified in overtime. One of these fouls gave George Mason’s Rebecca Callison the yellow card that set up Flippens penalty kick. With all eyes on her, Flippens launched the ball to the left corner of the goal, just past George Mason’s goalkeeper, Louisa Moser, and sealed the win for her team.
With this win against George Mason, the Terps advance to 5-0-1, and will look to remain unbeaten when they face off against WIlliam & Mary at home on Thursday.