Senior attacker Sebastian Elney carries the ball against Georgetown last season (Maryland Athletics).

Terps host defending champs and No. 10 Stanford in home opener

After starting the season with a loss, the Terps only have one thing standing between them and an 0-2 start to the season.

That one thing just happens to be the three-time defending national champions and current No. 10 team in the nation, the Stanford Cardinal.

Maryland (0-1-0) will be returning home for their first game at Ludwig under the Friday night lights after falling 2-0 at Washington last Friday after surrendering two first-half goals.

Though both teams were pressuring the other’s defenses early, the game was scoreless for the first 30 minutes until the Huskies were able to capitalize on collapses in the Terps’ midfield.

Sophomore forward Eric Matzelevich finished the game with three shots and both senior defender Chase Gasper and senior midfielder Amar Sejdic got two shot attempts off. Though the second half was dominated by Maryland, the Terps could not find the back of the net to stage a comeback.

Redshirt junior Dayne St. Clair finished with six saves in goal against the Huskies but will be facing an explosive Cardinal offense led by the sophomore forward duo of Charlie Wehan and Arda Bulut, who totaled six shots in Stanford’s home opener.

Stanford (0-0-1) opened its season with a draw against San Jose State, but not without having many scoring opportunities. The Cardinal ended the match with 24 shots total, which elevated SJSU goalkeeper Alex Clewis to a career-high 11 saves.

The Cardinal were putting constant pressure on SJSU as nine different cardinal players finished with two or more shots, but none would amount to a score. The Cardinal still hold onto their unbeaten streak to 16 games, stemming from last year’s championship season.

The defensive unit for Stanford also got into the shooting action, with redshirt senior Adam Mosharrafa getting two shots on goal and redshirt junior Tanner Beason totaling three shots himself.

The Terps will take on the Cardinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Ludwig Field and the game can be watched live on FS1 with Dean Linke and Chris Doran on the call.

Hannah Fields

Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.
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Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.