The story of Maryland women’s soccer’s season prevailed yet again on Thursday night, as another early multi-score deficit saw the Terps fall to the Wisconsin Badgers and remain winless in conference play.
It was Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Ludwig, with an admirable pregame ceremony before the Terps kicked off against their Big Ten foe.
Maryland came into the match hoping to get something out of what has been a lackluster second season for Meghan Ryan Nemzer, with the most notable headline being the inability to score in conference play.
Maryland started strong, but it was the Badgers who got the first real chance of the game. Wisconsin earned a corner in the thirteenth minute, but a solid team save from the Terps kept the game level.
But it wasn’t long before the Terps went down early again. With Wisconsin pressing forward in the fifteenth minute, senior Aryssa Mahrt’s shot inside the box just hit the crossbar. Unfortunately for Maryland, the ball landed at the feet of sophomore defender Liv Curry, who slotted the ball to Wisconsin’s leading scorer, Emma Jaskaniec, who tapped in her eighth goal of the season to put the Badgers up 1-0.
And just five minutes later, Wisconsin doubled the lead.
After regaining possession, Jaskaniec got her brace after firing a shot to the top left of the goal and past the dive of Liz Beardsley to double the Badgers’ lead in just five minutes.
Jaskaniec made the Terps’ defense pay after they elected to barely mark the Badgers’ best player, who came into the game ranked eighth in the Big Ten in goals this season.
The game was fairly uneventful after that, with the match seemingly appearing it would remain 2-0 at halftime.
Then, Jaskaniec struck again, getting past the Maryland defense and sending another shot past Beardsley to complete her first half hat-trick, putting Wisconsin up 3-0 heading into the locker room.
“I mean, her speed is deadly,” said Meghan Ryan Nemzer postgame. “You know, we lost her. She got behind us too many times in the first half.”
The Terps prevented the Badgers from scoring for the first part of the second half, but were unable to create any opportunities themselves, lacking guile in the offensive third and the midfield.
“I think just switching the point of attack and talking about it a lot at practice” said freshman forward Peyton Bernard on how the team can improve the goalscoring. Bernard also added that, “Being strong on the ball and getting under the ball for first and second movements,” will help as well.
Wisconsin continued to control possession and the tempo of the game as the second half went on, not allowing Maryland to get anything going offensively.
Maryland had a chance when they were awarded a sixty-fifth minute corner, but they were not able to convert off the set piece and the Terps remained goalless.
One noticeable trait about Maryland was how short they played their corners. On all three corners that the Terps were awarded, the ball was kicked out to near midfield which either resulted in a stagnant offensive possession, or the one cross that would have resulted in Maryland’s first goal had it been played better.
Maryland’s goalless and winless streak extended to nine after the final whistle on Thursday night, which has been the central point of a disappointing season.
Maryland falls to 3-9-5 on the season and will look to end the season on a high note this Sunday at 1pm against #19 Indiana (11-2-4, 5-2-2).