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Nittany Lion set pieces doom Terps

While Maryland's allowed three goals, their back line held strong throughout the game. All three Penn State scores were off set pieces, not in the stream of play.

While Maryland’s allowed three goals, their back line held strong throughout the game. All three Penn State scores were off set pieces, not in the stream of play.

Success is based on expectations. To Ray Leone, his team was successful in a sense against a tough Penn State squad despite suffering a 3-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. The Maryland women’s soccer team was out-shot 31-4, suffered their fifth-straight defeat and second-straight shutout loss.

Those don’t look like things that could ever be considered successful, but Maryland did not allow a goal in the stream of play; all three goals they allowed came off corner kicks.

“To keep a team like Penn State at bay at all is a challenge, and I think we measured up very well,” Leone said.

Maryland created opportunities to score as well. They just did not have the fortune of having them go into the net.

In just the second minute of the game Chelsea Jackson played a through ball to Madison Turner in the box. Turner made a run toward the goal. However, she was unable to get a shot away in the one-on-one situation with the Penn State goalkeeper. In the second half Jlon Flippens sent a long ball up to Jarena Harmon, but her close-range shot banged off the post.

The Terps backline had a very strong performance and came up with several blocks to prevent scoring chances for Penn State. Many of Penn State’s shots were from distance or were soft touches that didn’t really test Rachel Egyed, who made eight saves in the game, including some bang-bang saves that kept the ball out.

Their undoing was set pieces.

Penn State scored in the 13th minute when Brittany Basinger headed a corner kick sent in by Nickolette Driesse. She scored another header goal in the sixtieth minute off another Driesse corner kick. And in the 84th minute, Elizabeth Ball scored after the Terps failed to clear another ball that was sent into the box from the corner.

While maybe Maryland’s loss wasn’t as bad as it looked on the scoreboard, it still counted the same as Maryland dropped to 1-6 in conference play, but the subtle improvements will continue to put Maryland in position to capture another Big Ten victory. Their next chance will be on Thursday when they travel to Purdue before returning home on Sunday to host Indiana at 1 pm.

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