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Natalie Grossi allowed three goals but made ten saves against Maryland.

Photo Credit: Beverly Schaefer / goprincetontigers.com

In its latest non-conference away game on Sunday, Princeton women’s soccer (2–3–1, 0–0 Ivy) fell to Maryland (4–2–2) 3–0. Maryland scored two goals in the first 17 minutes of the game, establishing a dominant lead that was extended in the second half. Sunday evening’s game was the first time the two teams met since 1995, and Maryland now leads the all-time record 3–1–1.

The Terps scored five minutes into the game with a goal from Alyssa Poarch, assisted by Jlon Flippens. Princeton got its first chance around 13 minutes, with a shot from first-year midfielder/forward Grace Sherman that didn’t find its mark. A minute later, junior defender Tatum Gee also had a shot on goal that went wide.

At 16:27 Maryland’s Poarch found the net again, bringing the Terps up 2–0 and scoring her fourth goal of the season.

With a little more than 10 minutes left in the first half, sophomore forward/midfielder Amy Paternoster had a shot that went wide. The half finished with Maryland up 2–0.

Three minutes into the second half, Sherman had the first shot but it went wide. Freshman midfielder Marissa Hart followed up 30 seconds later for the Tigers with the team’s first and only shot on target but it was saved by MD goalie Erin Seppi.

Sherman and junior midfielder Olivia Kane each hit another shot before Maryland scored the game’s third and final goal with 10 minutes remaining. A minute later another shot from Kane was blocked. Senior defender/midfielder Emily Hilliard-Arce had a valiant shot in the final seconds of the game, but it went wide.

Sherman led the team with shots at 3. Kamryn Loustau, a first-year midfielder/forward from Florida, started her first game with Princeton.

The Tigers had 10 shots total, with only one on target, compared to Maryland’s 13, with 10 on target. Both teams had three corner kicks while Princeton also led the game in fouls — nine compared to the Terps’ seven.

Senior goalie Natalie Grossi, who earned second-team All-Ivy League honors last season, made seven saves against Maryland’s 10 shots on goal. The keeper is one conference game away from tying the Ivy League record for shutouts at 29 — Grossi has kept a clean sheet for 28 games during her career.

Princeton will host its final nonconference  matches at Roberts Stadium this week: Villanova (3–3–1) on Thursday and William and Mary (2–5–1) on Sunday. The defending Ivy League champions begin the Ivy League season on Sept. 28 with an away game against Yale.

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