The Maryland men’s soccer team will be looking to put an end to their scoring drought when they host West Virginia at Ludwig Field on Monday night.
The Terps (0-2-2) have gone 400 minutes without a goal in this 2018 season and are coming off of only one day of rest after facing the UCLA Bruins on Saturday. The Bruins came out on top, 1-0, after scoring off a header early in the second half.
Freshman forward Justin Gielen started his first collegiate game in less-than-ideal circumstances for the Terps, as senior attacker Sebastian Elney is unavailable with an ankle injury he suffered against Virginia.
Gielen leads the team with seven shots on the season so far, however, he and the Terps’ offense only managed six shots, one of which was on goal. On the other half of the field, the defense and redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair conceded the first goal since the first game of the season at Washington, after holding No. 10 Stanford and No. 7 Virginia scoreless.
The Mountaineers (2-2-0) faced a similar fate in their most recent game on Friday, losing 1-0 to UCF in Orlando.
UCF outshot the Mountaineers 18-5 and 11-3 for shots on goal, which kept West Virginia’s sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky busy all night. Tekesky finished the game with a career-best 10 saves but ultimately surrendered the game-winning goal to UCF near the start of the second half.
Junior midfielder Ethan Shim leads the Mountaineers attack with three goals, two of which came in West Virginia’s 5-1 victory over American on Aug. 31. Close behind Shim is junior defender Pascal Derwaritsch, who also scored two goals against American.
The Terps are 4-2 all-time against West Virginia and most recently won the matchup in 2016 1-0 off a goal from now-senior midfielder Amar Sejdic.
Maryland and West Virginia will both be looking to bounce back from a loss on Monday night at Ludwig Field, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
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