After a crucial 1-0 upset win over No. 7 Denver Tuesday night, the Maryland men’s soccer team is back in conference action, hosting Ohio State Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps (5-5-3, 2-3) scored early against the Pioneers, with junior attacker Paul Bin scoring on a header in the fifth minute. With that goal, Bin moved up to co-leader in goals this season with three, tied with freshman midfielder William James Herve.
Bin is only one part of the Terps’ offense that head coach Sasho Cirovski said is finally at a good place, putting together quality attacks and gaining more confidence in the process.
Though Bin and the offense got things done in the attacking third, Cirovski was most impressed with his team’s defense against the nation’s leading scorer, Andre Shinyashiki. The Terps held the senior forward with 21 goals this season to only two shots, both of which redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair easily secured.
Senior captain Chase Gasper made his first home start since Sep. 10 against West Virginia, adding strength to the backline, according to Cirovski.
“Chase is a warrior,” Cirovski said. “He makes our team tougher… and he gives our team a lot of confidence when he’s on the field.”
This was the second win over a ranked opponent for the Terps this season, defeating Coastal Carolina 3-1 on Sep. 30. The win also possibly saved Maryland’s NCAA Tournament hopes.
Ohio State (1-11-2, 0-4-1) is coming into College Park searching for its first conference win following a 3-0 loss to No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Despite the score, Ohio State had eight shots on the Wildcats, and though redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried was shot at 15 times, he finished the night with three saves.
Both Maryland and Ohio State have the lowest number of goals in the Big Ten. Maryland has 11 total thanks to Bin’s goal against Denver, and Ohio State has only seven goals. Redshirt freshman Devyn Etling leads the Buckeyes with three goals this season.
The Buckeyes have fallen in each Big Ten matchup except against Northwestern on Sep. 21, when they played into two overtime periods only to come out with a 0-0 draw.
In the all-time series, the Terps lead 6-1 and are undefeated at home. The Terps traveled to Columbus last year and won 1-0 after now-senior forward Sebastian Elney scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute.
The Terps and Buckeyes are scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m., and the match will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
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