In its third consecutive match against a ranked opponent, the Maryland men’s soccer team will head to DC United’s new Audi Field on Monday night to face the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers.
The Terps (0-1-1) are reeling off a 0-0 draw against the three-time defending national champions, No. 10 Stanford, where they played toe-to-toe with the Cardinal into two overtime periods.
The Maryland offense was not short of scoring opportunities, however. Senior attacker DJ Reeves finished the game with two shots, including one that just missed the mark wide, and junior attacker Paul Bin had multiple chances on the left wing, yet the Terps were unable to finish.
Though the Terps were not granted with a win on the scoresheet, head coach Sasho Cirovski was pleased with his team’s performance and believes that they are improving each practice and game.
“I loved the effort our guys put out,” Cirovski said. “I know the goals didn’t come and that’s a part of Maryland soccer. That’s the next step for us, is to find ways to reward ourselves for some of the good work that we’re doing.”
The task at hand on Monday will be no less challenging, as they renew a rivalry game with Virginia (1-0-0) as Audi Field’s first collegiate soccer game. The Terps are 42-29-9 against the Cavaliers all time, and won their most recent matchup 1-0 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, off an Eryk Williamson goal.
Audi Field, a neutral site for the Big Ten/ACC contest, opened July 9 with a 3-1 win for DC United over the vancouver Whitecaps. The match was played in front of a sellout crowd of 20,504.
This will only be the Cavaliers’ second match of the season, after opening on August 24 against New Hampshire with a 1-0 win. While sophomore midfielder Joe Bell hails from New Zealand, he made Virginians very happy when he scored the game-winning goal with 21 seconds left in regulation.
Virginia has a special connection to America’s capital club, as current DC United head coach Ben Olsen played at Virginia from 1995-1997 with current UVA assistant head coach Matt Chulis.
The Terps and Cavaliers will restart their long-standing rivalry with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
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