COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 Maryland men’s soccer team topped Hofstra 2-0 in the Terps’ home opener at Ludwig Field on Monday night.
Maryland (2-0) benefited from an early own goal and picked up a second-half score from Gordon Wild to stay perfect on the year.
Sandwiched between two endzones packed with Crew members who began the 2017-18 school year Monday, the Terps held strong defensively, allowing only three shots on the night.
A failed clear and blustery winds resulted in an own goal for the Terrapin side in the fourth minute.
Defensively, Maryland did not allow a Hofstra shot the entire first half but also struggled to find the back of its own net.
Wild changed that with a spectacular free kick score from 22 yards for the two-goal cushion in the 58th minute. It was the junior’s first goal of the season after notching a team-high 17 in 2016.
Maryland has not lost a home opener since 2010.
“I’m extremely pleased with the effort of our team tonight,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This was a beautiful night and a great crowd on a Monday night. This doesn’t happen in a lot of places in college soccer. I’m very thankful to have the Crew, their friends and the community come out tonight to support us. We wanted to get better defensively.
“After the first 15 or 20 minutes against Santa Clara we challenged our guys and we worked on a few things. I thought tonight was an outstanding performance defensively. We saw the backline come together but they also got help from the midfield and forwards today. To hold a talented, attacking team like Hofstra to very few chances and shots over 90 minutes is a testament to the growth and maturity they showed over a few days. It makes me hopeful for what could be down the line. To get a shutout and a win is a good night."
Maryland welcomes No. 21 UCLA at 7 p.m. on Friday at Ludwig Field. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.