Maryland women’s soccer travels to Northwestern for second consecutive road contest

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The Terrapins return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Northwestern after suffering a 3-2 double overtime defeat at Purdue on Thursday.

Northwestern (1-1) are coming off a 4-1 loss to No. 20 Penn State on Thursday, after topping Indiana 1-0 in their first game of the season.

Northwestern will continue to look to their midfield for goals, as both goals this season have been scored by midfielders Aurea Martin and Josie Aulicino. The Terps will hope senior forward Mikayla Dayes can keep her form, after notching a goal and an assist through two games.

Maryland is still winless through two games, after tying Michigan State 1-1 in its season opener. After the loss against Purdue, head coach Ray Leone felt like the team had areas it could improve in.

“The choices we’re making in possession are just turning in to more work for us,” Leone said. “And when you haven’t played a game in so long… we’re going to have to learn as we go. Now we’ve got some real footage to say what they can do in each situation.”

“We rushed, we were in on them many times and we are shooting from a mile away, we’re cutting in to pressure,” Leone said. “We just need to calm down when we’re near the goal.”

Leone still had plenty of praise for the fight of his team.

“The fight in this team is really promising, even in overtime, their heart was taken out of them [by the late goal] and they still had chances,” Leone said. “We’ve just got to put this game behind us as fast as we can.”

Maryland will hope they can avoid coming back from their brief road trip empty-handed at Northwestern. The Terps return home to play Ohio State on March 4 at Ludwig Field.