With just 20 seconds remaining, junior forward Gordon Wild’s shot on goal was inches away from the equalizer when Coastal Carolina goalkeeper’s kick save dealt Maryland’s second straight loss of the week.
The No. 3 Terps (10-2-3, 5-0-2), who will surely drop in the national rankings tomorrow afternoon, ended up losing that game 1-0 to Coastal Carolina on Friday night, the first time the Terps lost back-to-back games since 2014.
Head coach Sasho Cirovski and company will look to get back on track against the VCU Rams (8-4, 5-1) Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
While Maryland is used to doubling its opponents’ shot totals, Coastal Carolina managed to get off four more shots than the Terps. Indiana has been the only other team to do accomplish the feat.
Cirovski took full responsibility after the loss saying that as the person who schedules the games, the Terps were at a major “competitive disadvantage” heading into Friday night. Nonetheless, Maryland is again coming off just three days of rest before facing the Rams and playing its third game in seven days.
The Terps have suffered in the goals department as a result, failing to score in two consecutive games for the first time since 2009.
Subsequently, Maryland slipped in the Big Ten conference standings to the third spot after holding the top ranking early last week. Maryland has won two of the last three Big Ten regular season titles since joining the conference in 2014.
VCU is coming off consecutive wins against George Mason and Saint Joseph’s by a combined score of 7-0. A trio of attackers have been doing most of the damage for the Rams. Senior midfielder Rafael Andrade Santos, redshirt senior midfielders Francesco Amorosino and Luc Fatton lead the way with double digit points.
Before losing to George Washington 2-1 on Oct. 14, VCU had a five-game winning streak. The Rams currently sit second in the Atlantic 10 men’s soccer standings, after finishing towards the middle of the pack the last couple seasons.
The Rams will be looking to upset the Terps in what would be a major statement game for another unranked school. Maryland will have to finish off its attacking moves if the Terps want to avoid another loss.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and can be watched on BTN Plus.
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