More shots. More corner kicks. Fewer fouls. A better record. Northwestern (8-4-2, 2-4-1 B1G) had everything going for them on Sunday against Maryland (4-7-4, 2-4-1 B1G), but ultimately fell to the fast-starting Terrapins, 2-1, in College Park.
After a 2 p.m. kickoff, the home side netted two goals in the first half. The early Terrapin goals were scored by Jarena Harmon and Loren Sefcik. Sefcik, who came on as a substitute, was called up to the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team in 2017. Her goal, in the 33rd minute, sent Maryland into halftime leading 2-0. The lead would prove insurmountable for the Wildcats.
It looked as though Northwestern might come back and win it after senior Brenna Lovera gave the ‘Cats a goal eight minutes into the second half. The Northwestern standout knocked in a cross from senior Marisa Viggiano, adding a 6th goal to her season tally.
Maryland withstood a barrage of shots and attacks from the away side in the final third of the game, with their defense being the key to the upset. The Wildcats finished the game with 21 shots, eight of which were on target. Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed kept the Terrapins on top as the second half ticked away.
Northwestern will now return to Evanston for a crucial three-game homestand. Wildcat fans can see the team at Martin Stadium against Indiana (10/11), Purdue (10/14), and Illinois (10/18).