Maryland returns back to College Park for its second home game of the season and its first at Ludwig Field this Thursday against Ohio State at 3 p.m.
The Terps are coming off of two straight road losses, losing 3-2 in double overtime to Purdue and 1-0 to Northwestern last week.
Ohio State (1-0-1) won their last game 3-1 at home over Wisconsin last week, and had last Sunday’s game against Nebraska postponed out of an abundance of caution for both teams, according to a statement put out by Ohio State.
Maryland will hope to slow down Ohio State’s sophomore forward Emma Sears, who was named Big 10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week. She’s scored all four of Ohio State’s goals this season, including a hat trick in Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Wisconsin.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kennedy Tolson played the entire 90 minutes for the first time this season in Maryland’s 1-0 at Northwestern, notching five saves. After getting injured and redshirting last season, she’s very excited for the opportunity to contribute.
“I’m just really excited for this opportunity I’ve been given and I want to do as much with it as I possibly can,” Tolson said.
Thursday’s game will be the Terps’ first game back at Ludwig Field and that has plenty of players excited including junior forward Emily McNesby.
“We have a lot of memories on that field, so it’s exciting to get back,” McNesby said.
Despite the winless start, Maryland is maintaining a positive mindset.
“I just see [our season] going up from here because we’re starting to connect a lot better as a team,” McNesby said.
Thursday’s game against Ohio State marks the first of five consecutive home games for the Terps, followed by a matchup with Indiana on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.