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Terps shutout by Ohio State, 4-0

By: Michele Kettner

Cassie Phillips had two shots and a shot on goal off the bench for Maryland.

Cassie Phillips had two shots and a shot on goal off the bench for Maryland.

The Ohio State women’s soccer team had been held scoreless in three of their last four games, but they didn’t show those struggles against the Terps; with the Buckeyes scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the game and going on to a 4-0 shutout of Maryland.

The Terps’ 4-0 loss extends the team’s losing streak to four games, moving them to 1-5-0 in Big Ten play. Coach Ray Leone was noticeably displeased with the team’s performance; holding a 10-minute meeting with the players once the final whistle blew.

Leone’s overall message to the team, “Stick together.”

Ohio State’s offense started quick with Buckeyes’ leading scorer Lindsay Agnew adding to her total. The scoring play began with Maryland goalie Katelyn Jensen making two close saves inside the goalie box. The rebound landed in front of Agnew, who placed the ball between Jensen and the goal post to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead 1:34 into the game.

Just over a minute later, the Buckeyes’ struck again. Midfielder Nikki Walts took the corner for OSU. Walts placed the ball in front of the Terps net, but the defense was able to clear it out of the goalie box. Junior Emma Firenze intercepted the ball on the edge of the box and got a clean shot on goal. The ball cleared the Maryland defenders and beat Jensen to the top-right corner of the goal; giving Firenze her first goal of the season and Ohio State a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into play.

Leone knew what his team did wrong in those first few minutes of the game, which is a mistake they keep repeating. “We haven’t been consistent enough with keeping teams in the spot that they are already in. So once you open it up it’s a big field. Once you open it up they’re just walking around finding open spaces.”

The play by the Terrapins led to Ohio State controlling the possession time the whole game. The Terps offense recorded 10 shots during the game, but the Buckeyes’ goaltenders only had to make three saves.

The Terrapins had a chance to cut the lead in half with 15 minutes remaining in the first. Defender Jlon Flippens took a free kick for the Terps and placed the ball right in front of the goal. The ball deflected off an Ohio State defender and hit the post. The rebound went to Jarena Harmon, who took a shot on net, but could not get it to go past Buckeyes goaltender Megan Geldernick, keeping the Terps scoreless going into halftime.

Ohio State came out strong again in the second half, pressuring the young Terps’ defense. One of the few times the defense was able to clear the ball, Harmon was able to get a breakaway opportunity in the second half. The refs called the play offside, which led to the Buckeyes scoring opportunity. Ohio State forward Sammy Edwards increased the lead 10 minutes into the second half. Agnew was able to take advantage of the lack of communication from the Terps backline by crossing the ball to the open Edwards. Edwards got a clean shot past Jensen for a 3-0 Buckeyes lead.

Another communication mistake by the Terps proved to be costly just three minutes after the Buckeyes’ third goal. In almost a repeat of the third goal, defender Nicole Miyashiro crossed the ball to an open Edwards inside the goalie box. Edwards recorded her second goal of the game and put Ohio State up 4-0.

“We have a young team, so we’re making mistakes and they are ending up in the back of the goal every time,” Leone said. “Once we wake up tomorrow and put this behind us, you just got to look ahead to Penn State and be excited that we’re playing them. That’s why we’re in this league, to play teams like this. To play the national champions should be a thrill.”

The Maryland Terrapins move to 3-10-1 after the loss versus Ohio State. The Terps will need to forget about their play against the Buckeyes as they face Penn State at home on Sunday, October 9.

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Michele Kettner

Staff Writer
While many people might think Michele attends the University of Maryland for their remarkable journalism program or because it's close to home, it's actually because of their sports (sorry Missouri!). Even though she grew up a Terps fan, it wasn't until her senior year of high school that she settled on attending Maryland, which is a dream place for any sports fan and up-and-coming sports journalist. Michele's love for sports started at a young age. Like most kids, she started out playing soccer in elementary school but eventually moved on to softball, which she played from second grade until she graduated high school. Even though she loved playing sports, her passion for her favorite teams is even greater. She's obsessed with hockey and every season she holds out hope that the Capitals will actually make it past the second round. And when they do, she'll be there to tell the story.

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