The Maryland men’s soccer team is bringing home a win against a ranked opponent, after travelling to No. 18 Coastal Carolina on Sunday afternoon and defeating the Chanticleers 3-1.
Freshman forward Justin Gielen scored his first career goal at Maryland in the 77th minute, tapping in a cross from sophomore forward Eric Matzelevich and breaking a 1-1 tie to give the Terps the edge.
Flash forward two minutes, and senior forward Sebastian Elney extended the Terps’ lead to two goals after receiving a Paul Bin cross from the right side of the field. This was Elney’s first goal of the season after sustaining an injury that sat him out of two games, and it also gave the Terps’ their second multiple-goal win after defeating Rutgers on Wednesday 2-0.
Freshman midfielder William James Herve put the Terps on the board early in the second half, finishing a cross from junior attacker Paul Bin to the bottom-left corner of the goal, but the relief was short-lived.
Just 30 seconds later, CCU’s Jeranimo Power earned his first goal of the season to tie the score once again at 1-1.
The Terps dominated the first half, so much so that they went into halftime with 10 shots compared to Coastal Carolina’s two shots. At the end of regulation, Maryland outshot CCU 19-8, and 11-1 for shots on goal.
After CCU sophomore midfielder Carlos Becerra took the first shot of the match, the Terps’ offense went on a roll with eight consecutive shot attempts. Both Elney and senior midfielder Amar Sejdic were knocking on the door in the first half, with three shot attempts apiece.
Bin had the Terps’ first shot blocked in the fifth minute of the game, and just a few minutes later, Elney’s shot on goal forced CCU goalkeeper Chris Datallo into his first save on the day. Sejdic and freshman Vinicius Lansade both had good looks on goal, but ultimately the Terps and Chanticleers were scoreless at halftime.
Head coach Sasho Cirovski has emphasized the need for better execution from his offense, and in the second half, his team did just that.
After Herve’s score and CCU’s quick response, the Terps would not let the Chanticleers have a decent look on goal and continued pressure from the offense until Gielen broke through.
Thanks to Herve, Gielen and Elney, as well as a Terps’ defense that kept redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair from making any saves, Maryland has won four of its last five matches and earned its first victory over a ranked opponent.
The Terps will need this confidence boost as they look forward to hosting No. 5 Michigan State, who are undefeated this season, on Friday night before facing Georgetown and No. 2 Indiana next week.
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