EAST LANSING, Mich. – Despite racking up 20 shots, the No. 3 Maryland men’s soccer team drew with No. 6 Michigan State, 0-0, in front of a record crowd of 4,678 spectators at DeMartin Soccer Friday night.
The Terrapins (6-0-2) won the possession battle throughout the match, but could not find a breakthrough over 110 minutes. Maryland has now gone 26 regular season matches without a loss (22-0-4).
“I was very pleased with our overall effort today,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “That’s a very well coached, organized, disciplined team to break down. I thought we had spells of great possession and created some really good chances throughout the game. This kind of performance on the road is a confidence builder, because that’s how you have to play on the road.”
Maryland dominated possession for the first 15 minutes of the match and had a golden chance in the sixth minute. Junior Chase Gasper sent a dangerous ball into the box that Eryk Williamson corralled and poked off the post.
In the 17th minute, junior Gordon Wild received an Amar Sejdic pass inside the 18, cut inside and forced a save with a hard left-footed effort. Senior Jake Rozhansky set up another chance with a pretty back heel to Williamson just out the 18, but the junior sent his shot wide of the left post.
Wild forced a save in the early going of the second half, but his best chance came in the 60th minute. Williamson sent in a dangerous cross that Spartan keeper Jimmy Hague swatted away into the path off Wild, who attempted a header from the six, only to see Hague make an incredible reaction stop with his right hand.
Wild continued to put himself in good position, hitting one off the outside of the post in the 81st minute.
Maryland’s best chance of the two OT periods may have fallen to Williamson, who had an effort blocked away in the 94th minute.
Junior Andrew Samuels performed well in the middle of the midfield sitting in front of centerbacks Donovan Pines and Johannes Bergmann. All three players, along with Rozhansky, left back Chase Gasper and keeper Dayne St. Clair, who made six saves, played all 110 minutes.
Maryland returns to action with a short trip to UMBC on Tuesday. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.