Reeling from a 2-0 loss to No. 13 Michigan State on Friday night, the Maryland men’s soccer team will look for redemption when they make the short road trip to Georgetown on Monday.
The match offers little reflection time for the Terps (4-4-2, 2-2) to recover from what head coach Sasho Cirovski called a disappointing performance on both sides of the ball.
The Spartans scored a goal in the first half off a free kick that was headed in, something that could have been prevented with more discipline on defense, according to Cirovski. The Terps are still without senior captain Chase Gasper, a leader on the back line, but are hoping to get him back in the lineup as he is getting closer to recovering from an ankle injury, a team spokesperson said.
Still trailing 1-0, the Terps offense was unable to generate any decent looks on goal, even with the momentary addition of freshman forward Brayan Padilla, who was ranked as the No. 58 recruit by Top Drawer Soccer and played on the U-17 National Team.
Michigan State earned their second goal that effectively closed out the win in the 80th minute, as the Terps struggled to get back on a counterattack and redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair could not get a hand on the ball to stop it.
The Terps were shutout for the first time since their September 8 matchup with UCLA, where they fell 1-0 at home.
Cirovski noted that his team seems to perform better on the road, as seen by the three road wins over Northwestern, Rutgers and Coastal Carolina, and hopes the pattern continues against the Georgetown Hoyas (6-3-2, 2-1-1).
The Terps are 29-3-1 all-time against the Hoyas, and lost last year’s matchup 1-0 after Georgetown’s then-freshman Jacob Montes scored in the 88th minute against the run of play. The 2017 squad went on to lose four consecutive matches after the loss to Georgetown and lost to Albany in penalty kicks in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoyas are coming directly off a 2-0 win over Butler on Friday night, in which junior defender Dylan Nealis scored on a header in the first half and senior midfielder Kyle Zajec sealed the win on a penalty early in the second half.
Nealis and Zajec lead the team with four assists apiece. Zajec also has the second-most goals for the Hoyas this season with three, right behind sophomore Derek Dodson, who has a total of five goals.
The Terps and Hoyas will kickoff at 3 p.m., and match will be streamed live on GUHoyas.com.
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