Maryland women’s soccer closes season with win over Purdue

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In the 65th minute of likely her final collegiate game, Maryland forward Alyssa Poarch made a nice turn and launched a shot at Purdue keeper Emma Tompkins. 

Tompkins got her hands to the shot but couldn’t make the save as the ball bounced past her to put Maryland up 3-1 and in the driver’s seat of this game. 

The game finished in a 3-1 victory for the Terps, with goalkeeping mistakes being Purdue’s downfall.

The Boilermakers had 13 shots on the day but only four on target. 

Maryland finished with 10 shots and six on target. 

Just six minutes into the game, Ava Morales fired a shot right at Purdue keeper Kailey Kimball that bounced off her hands into the back of the net to put Maryland up 1-0.  

In the 12th minute, Purdue lofted a through ball into the penalty box, and a Boilermaker player almost got onto the end of it. 

It appeared that she got taken down by both Maryland keeper Emory Wegener and Amanda Schafer. The Terps avoided a penalty call from the ref. 

After a series of dangerous-looking lofted-through balls that required interventions from the Terps’ defense and Wegener, Kayla Budish just got onto the end of a ball in the 24th minute and lifted it over Wegener to tie the game 1-1. 

Purdue mostly controlled the middle portion of the first half, putting Maryland back on its heels as they bombarded the box with cross after cross. 

In the 29th minute, the ball found Ava Morales again, who rolled the ball into the bottom left corner to put Maryland ahead, 2-1.  

Again, Kimball looked shaky and maybe should have gotten a glove to the shot. 

The first half ended with Maryland up 2-1. 

Both teams were active on the offensive end, but Purdue had more shots, with six compared to three for Maryland in the first. 

Kimball let in 2 goals and had no saves in the first, which led Purdue to enter Tompkins to play goalie.

In the 65th minute, Poarch took a shot off the turn that hit Tompkins hands but bounced into the net to put Maryland up 3-1. 

The Terps shifted to a more defensive style after their third goal. 

Purdue continued to play through balls and have some runs, but they couldn’t apply the finishing touch.  

Maryland shored up defensively and saw out the rest of the game to secure a 3-1 victory in its final game. 

The Terrapins closed out Meg Ryan Nemzer’s first season in charge with a record of 4-8-5. 

They finished the season with back-to-back wins and won three Big Ten games. Overall, an improvement from recent seasons. 

Maryland will lose many top players to graduation next year, but Nemzer’s recruiting class projects to be near the top ten in the country, giving the Terps hope for the future.