Maryland has gone through three comfortable wins, a dramatic win against a ranked opponent, and a scoreless draw during their five-game home stand.
Tomorrow, the Terps will play away from home for the first time since August 25.
The No. 3 Terps (5-0-1, 1-0-1) visit Penn State (1-2-2, 0-1-0) on Sunday at 5 p.m. to start their three game trip on the road.
“To be undefeated right now and play some really good challenges, I feel really good,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said coming after the Terps fifth game at Ludwig Field.
Maryland and Penn State have played to a 22-19 record, recently skewed in favor of the Terps, who have won each of the last three contests.
The only team these two squads have both played so far has been Hofstra, a team Maryland defeated 2-0 just three days after Hofstra defeated Penn State 1-0 in the Nittany Lions season opener.
Maryland is coming off a bounce-back 3-0 win against fellow Big Ten rival Rutgers after a disappointing 0-0 draw against the current No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers. Junior forward Gordon Wild notched a brace on the night, leading the team with five goals.
Cirovski spoke of the areas where the Terps improved upon against Rutgers.
“We challenged our players after Friday’s game to be better in transition, better at fighting for second balls, and be a little bit more lethal in the attack,” Cirovski said after the Rutgers match. “…it was good to see the team tighten up our defensive spacing and compactness.”
Cirovski also changed the tactics up to get Wild more involved in the game in central areas, where he can be more dangerous with a formation switch to a 4-4-2.
“We want to be a flexible team. We’ve already shown this season a 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2,” Cirovski said. “One of the things I want to be able to do is use different tactical systems, sometimes in-game, sometimes out-of-game.”
Penn State opened their Big Ten schedule with a 3-0 loss at Ohio State. Overall, the Nittany Lions have been outscored 6-3 this season.
Penn State, coming off an 8-8-2 season, will look to sophomore transfer midfielder Aaron Molloy to get a better result in their second Big Ten game. Molloy, an Ireland native, has scored two of Penn State’s three goals this season and could be the sparkplug the Nittany Lions need in order to get a positive result.
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