The Maryland men’s soccer team will host Wisconsin on Friday night, looking to avenge its loss to the Badgers in last year’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal match.
It will be the third annual LGBTQ Pride Night at Ludwig Field, and the first 2,000 students to enter the gates will receive different colored shirts to represent the six colors on the Pride Flag.
The Terps (2-2-2) have had a week of rest following their first conference matchup at Northwestern last Friday and are in the process of putting their scoreless start to the season behind them. Maryland has scored three goals in the last two games after going more than 400 minutes of play without a score to start the season.
Two of those three goals came off the foot of freshman William James Herve in only his second collegiate start. The Frenchman, who on Tuesday was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, scored the equalizing goal in regulation to force the game into overtime and the golden goal in the first overtime period.
Northwestern scored its sole goal in the 61st minute, and it seemed like the Terps would be taking a loss in their Big Ten opener. Until the 83rd minute, when Herve found a loose ball in the box and tapped it in to send the game to overtime.
In the 94th minute, Herve took a shot from just outside the box that went right to the Wildcats’ goalkeeper, but the ball slipped through his hands and rolled into the goal.
“We’ve gotten better with every game,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Northwestern was better than West Virginia and we hope that Wisconsin continues that trend on Friday.”
Cirovski also mentioned that his team grew up last Friday against Northwestern, not giving up and fighting until they pulled out a win.
Wins, according to junior midfielder Eli Crognale, are crucial when it comes to Big Ten play.
“In Big Ten play, you don’t want to drop any points, and it’s extremely important to win and not tie,” said Crognale, who has started every match since the Terps’ season opener against Washington. “Moving forward to Wisconsin, it’s going to be a big game and we’re going to try and get three points again.”
Along with the win, the Terps regained senior forward Sebastian Elney, who had been inactive the last two games with an ankle injury.
The Terps are 7-1-0 all time against the Badgers (2-4-1). The one loss came in last year’s Big Ten Tournament, as the Badgers beat the Terps 2-1 in a quarterfinal match on the road to a tournament championship. The Terps had captured the previous three Big Ten Tournament championships preceding the tumultuous end to the 2017 season.
The Badgers will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to No. 2 Indiana on Sunday, falling 3-1 to last year’s national title runner ups despite sophomore defender Patrick Yim’s first collegiate goal in the 71st minute.
Game action is set to kick off at 7 p.m. and can be watched live on the Big Ten Network.