Women’s Soccer Falls To Nebraska on the Road

Another multi-goal defeat extended Maryland’s conference losing streak to five on Thursday afternoon, losing 3-0 to Nebraska, adding to what has been an extremely difficult season for the Terps.

Maryland came into Lincoln off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Rutgers, where a late penalty proved to be the difference in what’s been a difficult Big Ten campaign. Maryland looked to right the ship against the Cornhuskers, who came into the match with momentum, having three conference wins and nine total wins in what has been a strong season for them.

The Terps could not have had a better opportunity to take an early lead when freshman Peyton Bernard had an open look at goal in the eighth minute. Unfortunately, her shot hit the crossbar and the game stayed level.

Instead, Nebraska did to Maryland what their opponents have done to the Terps for the majority of conference play: Get an early lead.

Just over ten minutes after Bernard’s chance, junior Sarah Weber sent a shot off the crossbar and the back of Liz Beardsley, giving Weber her eighth goal of the season and Nebraska the 1-0 lead.

The same score remained for a large part of the match after Weber’s goal. Maryland’s offense created much more chances than they had in previous games and were putting together a more complete offensive performance against a strong Nebraska side.

Then, Eleanor Dale struck.

The nation’s leading scorer by a noticeable margin, had been relatively quiet on the day, until the last ten minutes of action, where she put the game out of reach.

Maryland’s defense had stood strong for most of the day, until the eighty-third minute when the Cornhuskers caught the Terps sleeping, and Dale sent in her twentieth goal of the season.

And just six minutes later in the eighty-ninth minute, the senior forward bagged her second goal of the game, securing her brace, her twenty-first goal of the season, and the game.

Despite the scoreboard and another goalless performance, this match is certainly something the Terps can take positives from and things to improve upon as they try to make something out of their final games of the season.

Maryland will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City this Sunday at 1 p.m.