Maryland women’s soccer starts slow, draws with Temple in season opener

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In the fifty-sixth minute, Maryland looked for an equalizer after Temple delivered a devastating blow through Emily Kavanaugh’s header that made it 1-0. 

Alina Stahl stepped up when they needed it most, delivering a thunderous strike in front of an empty net to help Maryland tie the game.

The goal proved crucial, as Maryland and Temple concluded in a 1-1 draw.

Maryland finished with sixteen shots to Temple’s seven and nine corners compared to only four for Temple. 

Maryland controlled the game in the early going but was only able to muster a few semi-dangerous chances.

Maryland came on as the first half progressed, starting to look more threatening with its build-up play.

Alyssa Poarch, in particular, had several good looks at the net, but she was unable to convert. 

The first half ended scoreless, as both defenses stood tall, not allowing many open chances.

The Terps’ offense mustered more chances overall, notching five shots compared to Temple’s one.

They also had six corners compared to just one for Temple. 

Juliana Lynch was in the spotlight for the Terps in the uneventful first half. 

The offense ran through her, as she controlled the game and retrieved the ball from the other team when Maryland lost possession. 

Maryland played much of the early part of the second half in the attacking third of the field, coming incredibly close to scoring in the fifty-sixth minute off a corner that caused a scramble in front of the Temple net.  

Temple started to put the pressure on as the second half progressed and began to control possession. 

Temple then struck first in the sixty-third minute when a corner led to a header for Kavanaugh that she buried into the back of the net. 

The Terps quickly responded in the sixty-fifth minute with a goal of their own when several wicked deflections led to an empty net for Stahl to hammer it home. 

The game really opened up in the second half as both teams had more overall good chances to score.

However, neither team was able to find a winner and the game ended in a 1-1 draw in Coach Meg Ryan Nemzer’s debut game. 

The game was very sloppy for both teams, who were trying to find their groove throughout their first contest.