Rutgers Women’s Soccer Back on Track with Win over Maryland
Official Rutgers Press Release:
Junior midfielder Sara Brocious blasted in a world-class goal in the 88th minute to push No. 4 Rutgers women’s soccer (10-1-0, 2-1-0) to a 1-0 victory over Maryland (2-3-5, 1-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
Following 87-plus minutes of scoreless soccer in a tight Big Ten battle, Rutgers’ Allison Lowrey elevated and headed a ball into wide-open space inside the Maryland 18-yard box. Brocious ran on and struck her shot into the upper-right 90 of the net for the 1-0 lead that would end up holding over the final 2:12.
“I saw the ball pop out and just tried to be the first one to get there,” Brocious said. “I put my head down and followed through. My teammates all worked so hard and went at the game for all 90 minutes, so a lot of hard work was great to celebrate.”
The slim margin held up in large part to the Rutgers defense, which allowed just two shots on target and fairly routine saves left for Meagan McClelland. It was the seventh time in 11 matches this season the Rutgers defense allowed three or fewer shots on target in a match. Brocious’ bomb was Rutgers’ third shot on goal of the game, joining Lowrey and Kylie Daigle’s attempts from earlier. Lowrey’s poke in the 48th minute required a leaping save by Maryland keeper Emory Wegener to keep the game scoreless. Rutgers outshot Maryland, 9-3, overall, and just 3-2 in shots on goal. Rutgers took five corner kicks compared to the Terps’ four.
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