Alina Stahl’s late strike propels Maryland women’s soccer past Indiana

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For 85 straight minutes, the scoreboard in Bloomington read 0-0.

As time remaining fell under 5 minutes, graduate forward Alina Stahl received a feed from Alyssa Poarch and buried her attempt past the outstretched arms of Indiana keeper Jamie Gerstenberg. 

The late-game heroics helped the Terps pick up a crucial road win on Thursday over the Hoosiers, 1-0. It is their third victory of the season and their first against Indiana since 1994. 

Despite it being a low-scoring affair, offensive opportunities were plentiful. Maryland finished the game with 13 shots (6 on goal) to Indiana’s nine shots (six on goal). It was also a cleaner game than recent matches, with only 17 fouls shared between the two sides.

Both teams’ backlines put forth excellent displays, but the goaltenders for both squads stole the show. Maryland’s Madeline Smith finished the day with nine saves, while Indiana’s Jamie Gerstenberg recorded five. 

Coach Meg Ryan Nemzer placed emphasis on the team playing as a collective unit in recent weeks, and tonight it seems the Terps fulfilled that goal. 

The Terps will hope to keep this newfound momentum, as they finish their season on the road this Sunday against Purdue.