The Maryland men’s soccer team could not complete a comeback against the Michigan Wolverines, falling 2-1 in overtime after junior forward Jack Hallahan scored the game-winner just 33 seconds into the first overtime period.
With this loss, the Terps (7-6-3, 4-4-0) will be the No. 5 seed going into Big Ten Tournament play starting Nov. 3, and will travel to East Lansing on Sunday to face No. 12 Michigan State. Indiana, ranked No. 2 in the nation and the Big Ten regular season champions, defeated the Spartans 1-0 in overtime Sunday.
The Spartans visited College Park earlier this season and beat the Terps 2-0 on Oct. 5.
The Michigan-Maryland series has a history of overtime thrillers, as seven out of their eight matches have gone into overtime. This was also the second consecutive overtime game for Maryland, after defeating Penn State in double overtime Tuesday.
Freshman defender Brett St. Martin scored his first-career goal in the 78th minute to tie the score at 1-1. But senior midfielder Robbie Mertz sent a long through ball to Hallahan that brought redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair off his line, and Hallahan took care of the rest.
Hallahan was knocking on the door the entire match and finished with five shots, the most on his team. His seventh goal of the season not only secured Michigan a win, but also a guarantee that they will host a quarterfinal match in the Big Ten Tournament Sunday.
The Wolverines’ first goal of the game came off the head of junior defender Donovan Pines in the 34th minute, it just went into the wrong goal. Junior forward Jack Hallahan tracked down a pass from Lucas Rosendall and sent a cross to the near post where senior forward Noah Kleedtke was waiting. Kleedtke has three goals on the season, so in an effort to block the senior forward, Pines headed the cross right into the net.
The Terps remained down 1-0 for 44 more minutes, which can be partially credited to Matt Di Rosa. The sophomore defender made a goal-line save in the 48th minute that kept the Terps within one goal, saving a point-blank shot from Mertz and his team from going two goals down.
The Terps’ equalizer and only goal of the day came off a corner kick taken by junior midfielder Eli Crognale, as Pines once again took to the air for a header, this time hitting the crossbar instead of the back of the net, and St. Martin sinking the rebound shot from inside the six.
Though Maryland outshot Michigan 15 to 10 and possessed the ball most of the second half, St. Martin’s goal was the only success of the day for the Terps.
For the first time since 2014, Maryland will not host a Big Ten Tournament game and will set their focus onto Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with the Spartans (10-3-4, 4-2-2).
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