Terps and Mids Epic Sunday Night Showdown Ends in a 0-0 Draw

Maryland’s defense fended off 17 Navy shots to keep the Mids scoreless while playing to a 0-0 draw Sunday evening in Annapolis.

Though both sides produced quality chances, neither could find the net as stout defending and goalkeeping led to the first tie of the season for both teams. Maryland finishes the weekend unbeaten after previously knocking off Appalachian State 3-1 on Friday night, and move to 2-1-1 on the year.

After a scoreless 90 minutes, Maryland headed into overtime looking for an offensive spark after recording only three shots in regulation. The Terps got just that, notching five attempts in OT after opening up the Navy defense.

Sydney Staier nearly had the game won as time wound down in the second overtime period after working past her defender on the left wing. Her shot had the goalie beat, but went just wide of the right post as time expired and both teams settled for a draw.

Rachel Egyed earned her first shutout of the season in the net, making three critical saves for UMD – the most crucial coming with a minute to play. Navy’s Karli Sottung nailed a hard-hit shot from outside the box, but Egyed dove to her right to make the stop and keep her team alive.

Alyssa Poarch produced on of Maryland’s second half chances early on, launching a shot from outside of the box in the 48th minute. Navy’s keeper made a diving save on the ball heading into the left side of the net to keep the teams even.

It appeared that Maryland had the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, after Hope Lewandoski put a ball over the charging Navy keeper’s head. Anissa Mosetracked down the ball in the box, leaving it for Lewandoski to power into the open net. However, a foul was charged to Mose on the play, as the game stayed knotted at zero.

The Terps were limited in quality chances in the opening half, but fended off a pair of chances from the Mids to keep the game scoreless. Egyed was challenged early on, as she came off her line to parry away a ball in the box in the fourth minute.

Navy’s best chance of the first half came in the 20th minute, as a corner kick from the left side made its way in front of Egyed. After she punched it away, Navy’s Hannah Miler one-timed a shot headed for the left side of the net, but Maryland’s defense was in place to make the team save and keep the Mids off the scoreboard.

The Terps will return to action on Friday, August 31 to face Temple on the road in Philadelphia.

-Via Maryland Athletics

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