Women’s Soccer Writer
The Maryland Terrapins’ women’s soccer team will take on the struggling Clemson Tigers at Ludwig Field this Thursday.
Maryland (11-1-1, 3-1-1 ACC) brings their two-game winning streak back to Ludwig, where they are undefeated through seven games, after a three-game road trip. After their lone loss of the season (to Virginia Tech) they have rebounded with one of the program’s biggest victories, over #4/#2 Boston College, and a win over N.C State.
While the Lady Terps have struggled to find the back of the net on their road trip, only scoring three goals, they have been getting plenty of opportunities. They are outshooting opponents 243 to 119, averaging an outstanding 18.7 shots per game this season.
In lieu of their offense, the Maryland defense has been playing exceptionally well. They are now allowing less than a goal per game, checking in at 0.92.
While the Terps have been soaring as of late, the Clemson Tigers have been crashing. After opening the year 5-0, the Tigers are currently on an eight-game losing streak. They are winless in the ACC.
Clemson’s (5-8, 0-5 ACC) offense is anemic at best. They are being outscored 25 to 16 and being outshot 203 to 136. Sophomore forward Maddy Elder leads the team with five goals followed by freshmen Jackie Dutton, who has two.
The Tigers’ defense is not that much better. Clemson is allowing close to two goals per game while scoring 1.23. Clemson’s freshman keeper, Lauren Arnold, has one shutout on the year.
Clemson is 8-11-1 all-time against the Terps. Maryland has won the last two meetings, including a 1-0 home win in 2008.
Terps Record: (11-1-1, 3-1-1 ACC)
Opponents: (5-8-0, 0-5 ACC)
Location: College Park, MD
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Prediction: The Terps are too good for this Clemson team, who has struggled against quality ACC opponents. Maryland wins big for the home crowd 3-0. Jasmyne Spencer, Caitlin McDowell and Danielle Hubka score.