The scoring drought continued for the Maryland men’s soccer team, as they tied 0-0 in overtime with No. 7 Virginia at DC United’s Audi Field on Monday night.
The Terps (0-1-2) haven’t scored a goal since the Big Ten Tournament last season in a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin and will have to wait a few more days for another chance to get their first goal of the season. This was Maryland’s second straight scoreless overtime match after drawing 0-0 against No. 10 and reigning champion Stanford on Friday night.
“I have great respect for the University of Virginia and thought tonight was a good game,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “It was very difficult conditions to play in and obviously we were coming in off two days of rest…I was very proud of our team of the way they battled and created some chances.”
Maryland and Virginia (1-0-1) are long-time rivals, with a game history dating back to 1941. The Terps are now 42-29-10 against the Cavaliers all-time with Monday night’s draw.
“This is the greatest rivalry in college soccer,” Cirovski said. “It brought great joy to me to resuscitate this game in a meaningful way.”
The Cavaliers started off with a vengeance, immediately putting pressure on redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and the Terps backline within the first minutes of play.
Virginia junior midfielder Robin Afamefuna earned the first shot of the game, but the ball sailed above the crossbar and wide.
Junior attacker Paul Bin had a shot on goal in the 14th minute after some fancy footwork on the left side of the field and just a couple minutes later the Terps had their first real chance on goal with a cross from senior attacker DJ Reeves and near-finish by Bin.
Bin had another shot opportunity in the 31st minute with his dominant right foot, but the shot went just wide left of the near post.
Afamefuna, who had the first shot of the game for the Cavaliers, nearly scored on a miscue by junior defender Donovan Pines inside the six, but St. Clair was able to scoop the ball up to avoid an own goal for the Terps.
In the final minute of the first half, Virginia was granted a corner kick and a final chance at a score before halftime. However, sophomore forward Eric Matzelevich, who substituted in for senior Sebastian Elney, cleared the cross and time ran out on the clock.
The two teams were evenly matched going into the second half with three shots apiece, but the Terps changed their tune coming out of the locker room. The Terps had three shots on goal in the early minutes of the half thanks to Reeves, Elney and junior midfielder Eli Crognale, younger brother of former Maryland player Alex Crognale.
In the 67th minute, freshman William James Herve launched a shot from just outside the box, but the shot was high, soaring just over the crossbar much to the dismay of Maryland fans in attendance.
After a drought of action, the Terps had a slew of opportunities with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, but none would result in a score. Through two overtime periods, neither team could put together a winning possession, even after Virginia was granted two free kicks near the center circle and a corner in the final minutes of overtime.
“It’s team defending,” Cirovski said. “Obviously we have a very good backline and a good goalkeeper, but I thought we showed great commitment in defending as a group.”
The Terps will look to get their first score of the season on Friday when UCLA rolls into town for a matchup at Ludwig Field.
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