Iowa women’s soccer earned a free kick on the right side of the field Sunday just after halftime. The Hawkeyes’ volley landed in Terps goalkeeper Liz Beardsley’s hands — she pushed the ball away to the center of the penalty box.
Iowa attacker Josie Durr eventually picked up the loose ball and readied for a right-footed blast toward goal. Lisa McIntyre spotted Durr and tracked back to defend her. The slight pressure on Durr tripped her inside the box, awarding Iowa a penalty kick.
Durr stepped up to the penalty spot moments later and punched her team’s fourth tally of the afternoon.
The goal marked one of eight that Maryland women’s soccer has given up in its last two games. The Terps have scored none of their own — largely due to a mix of poor ball awareness and unnecessary fouls.
Coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer’s team committed 17 fouls in away games at Nebraska and Iowa.
Nemzer attributed the fouls to her squad’s youth and aggression.
“It comes down to details,” Nemzer said. “I think a lot of these freshmen are learning a lot of things, as well. Gotta be aggressive in certain areas and less aggressive in other areas.”
Lauren Wrigley attempted a late slide tackle against Iowa even after the attacker had already released the ball to a teammate.
The junior’s effort clipped the attacker from behind, forcing them to both fall to the pitch and the referee to stop play. Wrigley’s challenge earned her a yellow card.
Wrigley’s effort was just one example of Maryland’s reckless defensive tactics. Maryland allowed its third penalty kick in four games Sunday.
“We gotta use this as moments to learn and not use it as areas to make continuous mistakes right now,” Nemzer said. “I think the fouls we had, we have to be more disciplined with those.”
The Terps also picked up three yellow cards and a red card during the match.
Katie Coyle followed an Iowa attacker down the sideline in hopes to stop a potential fifth goal. Coyle eventually caught up to the speedy attacker, applying pressure and causing her to fall.
The defender’s foul was her second yellow card of the afternoon, sending her off the field with a red card. Maryland finished the match with 10 players.
Coyle’s booking was the team’s first red card of the season.
Nemzer said the Terps’ frustration after entering halftime down by three caused them to pick up more fouls. Maryland had four fouls in the first half and seven in the second.
“In the first 30 minutes, we didn’t really compete that much,” Nemzer said. “Then you get frustration.”