After a thrilling win over Penn State in double overtime thanks to junior Paul Bin, the Maryland men’s soccer team travels one last time in regular season play.
The Terps (7-5-3, 4-3) and Michigan Wolverines (9-4-2, 3-2-2) square off in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday, in a match that will greatly affect the Big Ten Tournament seedings.
As it stands, the Terps are in the No. 4 spot with 12 points, and the Wolverines are right behind at No. 5 with 11 points, following their 1-1 draw with Michigan State.
The top four teams in the Big Ten will host quarterfinal matches in the second round of tournament play, taking place Nov. 4.
Maryland also played into overtime on Tuesday night, but came out with a 3-2 win over the Nittany Lions.
Bin had sat out with an ankle injury and was not expected to play against Penn State, but after the Terps conceded their second unanswered goal in the 84th minute, head coach Sasho Cirovski called upon the speedy winger to give his offense a spark in the final minutes and overtime periods.
That is just what Bin did, scoring the game-winning goal in the 107th minute on a right-footed strike from the top of the box.
The Terps are riding their longest win streak of the season, three matches, and have scored nine goals in their last three games. Before defeating then-No. 7 Denver, the Terps had only scored 10 goals since the start of the season.
Thanks to two consecutive shutouts against Denver and Ohio State, redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. St. Clair is currently third in the Big Ten for save percentage with 79.4 percent, and has seven shutouts.
St. Clair and the Terps will be looking to extend that shutout streak Sunday against Michigan, who came up one goal short of a win over No. 12 Michigan State in East Lansing on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines were down for most of the match after Michigan State freshman Jack Beck scored in the 51st minute to put the Spartans up 1-0. The Spartans’ single-goal lead lasted until the 78th minute when Michigan senior forward Noah Kleedtke scored the equalizer.
Though Michigan got off seven first half shots, four on-goal, it was unsuccessful until late in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Austin Swiech sent a shot to the back post that was knocked around, and Kleedtke was there to tap the ball in to tie the score at 1-1. This was Kleedtke’s third goal of the season.
Though each team had a few chances on goal in the overtime period, neither could get a shot past the goalkeepers.
Michigan sophomore goalkeeper Henry Mashburn ended the night with four saves, and sits at No. 7 in the Big Ten for save percentage.
The Wolverines have tallied 29 goals this season, seven off the foot of sophomore forward Umar Farouk Osman and six by junior forward Jack Hallahan, who also leads the team with seven assists.
The Terps and Wolverines are set to kickoff at 4 p.m. in Ann Arbor, and the match will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.
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