Terps defense implodes in loss to Navy

By Joe Catapano

The Maryland Women’s Soccer team arrived at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility an all-time 9-0-1 against Navy, just letting up three goals during those contests. However, history would not repeat itself Wednesday night in Annapolis, as the Terrapins fell for the third-straight game, 5-3.

Maryland had yet to allow more than two goals in a game all season, but the Midshipmen capitalized early and often against the Terrapin defense.

The scoring began in the 12th minute on a Navy corner that Maryland starting goalkeeper, Rachel Egyed, was unable to control. The Midshipmen’s Alex Jackson took advantage of the mistake with her first goal of the season. Later in the half, Clare MacAdam beat Egyed from long range to give Navy a 2-0 lead.

The Terrapins, who average just 1.5 goals per game, struggled to create quality chances in the first half, only recording three shots. Navy continued to exploit Maryland’s miscues, cashing in on a penalty kick just minutes before halftime.

Maryland’s offense played more effectively in the second half as they tried to avoid a third straight defeat following losses to No. 25 Pepperdine and Appalachian State.
The Terrapins found three goals of their own in the second half, scored by Kate Waters, Jarena Harmon and Chelsea Jackson.

But Maryland’s defense failed to contain the opportunistic Midshipmen. Navy scored a pair of goals against Katelyn Jensen, who replaced Egyed following halftime.

Maryland, who falls to 2-4-1, will look to earn its first home win this Sunday at 7 p.m. against George Mason.

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