The Maryland men’s soccer team will host members of the 1968 national championship team Friday night to honor the 50th anniversary of Maryland’s first championship, a title they shared with Michigan State after a 2-2 draw in the final.
The Terps (4-3-2, 2-1) will be looking for a different outcome than the 1968 matchup when they kickoff against the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans.
Maryland is riding a two-game winning streak following their 3-1 victory over Coastal Carolina Sunday. Freshman midfielder William James Herve, who leads the team in scoring with three goals, scored the first goal of the game, but just 30 seconds later Coastal Carolina got one back to tie it at 1-1.
In the 77th minute, the Terps regained a 3-1 lead after freshman forward Justin Gielen’s first-career goal and senior forward Sebastian Elney’s first goal of the season just two minutes later. And unlike matches in the past, they would hold onto a lead until the clock ran out.
“We did ourselves justice,” Bin said. “A 3-1 win is definitely going to boost our confidence even further and definitely going to keep us in the right place of mind going into Michigan State.”
Bin, who scored his first career goal against Wisconsin, picked up two assists against Coastal Carolina for both Herve and Elney’s goals.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair anchors the Terps’ defense that has held steady all season, even through the Terps’ early-season scoring drought.
“No matter what the score is, our job in the back is to keep the ball out of the back of the net,” St. Clair said. “It does take a little bit of pressure off [when the offense scores], but I think throughout this whole time we’ve stayed confident… We know the guys in the front will do their job.”
The Terps have executed on the offense and defense the past two matches against Rutgers and Coastal Carolina, and according to head coach Sasho Cirovski, the Terps are starting to mature following the 2-1 overtime loss to Wisconsin on September 21.
“What I really like about the group is our ability to start becoming more menacing and threatening in the attack,” Cirovski said. “We’re starting to feel a greater sense of confidence that the roles are a little bit more defined.”
The Terps will need this confidence when they face Michigan State (8-1-2, 2-1), a program that the Terps are quite familiar with.
“We know Michigan State as a great program. They’re a highly-disciplined, very skillful team,” Cirovski said. “There’s a reason they were one penalty-kick shootout away from being a College Cup team last year… We always have wonderful games against them and I think Friday night should be no different.”
Michigan State is 4-3-3 all-time against Maryland all, with their most recent win coming during the 2014 regular season.
The Spartans suffered their first loss of the season Sunday, falling to Wisconsin 1-0 in overtime.
Despite the conference loss, Michigan State’s offense has been dominating thanks to senior forwards Ryan Sierakowski and DeJuan Jones, who each have five goals this season so far.
The Spartans have three other players with multiple goals on the season, which can help explain why Michigan State has outscored its opponents 22-9.
On the other half of the field, redshirt senior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague has 31 saves and only seven goals allowed.
The Terps and Spartans are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., and the match will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network.
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