The Maryland men’s soccer team is hosting the No. 3 Denver Pioneers Tuesday night, fresh off a loss to No. 4 Indiana in the final seconds of the match.
With only 19 seconds left and the score tied 1-1, Indiana scored the game-winning goal to earn their fifth conference win and foiled the Terps’ chances at a comeback victory.
The Terps (4-5-3, 2-3) brought the score to 1-1 in the second half with a goal from junior attacker Paul Bin, his second of the season, but could not break through the Hoosiers’ backline to take the lead.
Coming into Tuesday night, Denver (10-1-2, 2-0-1) will also be looking to rebound from a tough loss. The Pioneers snapped a 19-game unbeaten streak dating back to last October after falling 3-0 to Virginia last Monday.
Denver, who has a total of 28 goals and 13.8 shots per game, managed only two shots against the Cavaliers. Virginia, on the other hand, had 14 shots on goal and scored three of the 11 goals that Denver has allowed by its opponents all season.
Meanwhile, the Terps scoring struggles have continued. The Terps scored three against Coastal Carolina September 30, but since then have only scored one goal.
The Terps were shutout in their 2-0 loss to Michigan State and drew 0-0 with Georgetown last Monday.
Defensively, the Terps have a weapon back in the form of senior captain Chase Gasper, who missed six matches with a back injury. Gasper returned to his spot on the backline against the Hoosiers on Friday night, but his return couldn’t prevent the two goals against the Terps.
The Terps backline and redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair will undoubtedly be keeping close tabs on Denver’s star forward and co-captain, Andre Shinyashiki. The senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil leads the Pioneers with 21 goals this season. Yes, you read that right, 21.
Shinyashiki was the Summit League Offensive Player of the Year last year and seems to be on track to reclaim his title this season. He has scored in all but four games this season and tallied his highest number of goals in one match, four, against Omaha on September 22.
Alone, Shinyashiki has more than double the amount of goals that the Terps have for the season so far, 10. This impressive feat landed Shinyashiki at first place in Top Drawer Soccer’s Midseason Top-100 Players list.
Freshman midfielder William James Herve leads the Terps with three goals on the season, and both senior midfielder Amar Sejdic and Bin have two goals apiece. Sophomore forward Eric Matzelevich has a team-leading three assists.
Standing tall behind junior defender Donovan Pines, the leader of the Terps’ backline, is St. Clair in goal. He has 44 saves this season and has allowed only 11 goals.
Similar to how Pines anchors the Terps’ defense, Denver’s Scott DeVoss leads the Pioneers’ defense that has kept their opponents also to 11 goals.
Denver’s redshirt junior goalkeeper, Will Palmquist, has 11 saves since his first start of the season against Creighton on October 2.
The Terps and Pioneers, two programs that have yet to face off, will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field and the match will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
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