#3 Terps Push Past UConn, 3-2

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STORRS, Conn. – The third-ranked Maryland men’s soccer team used second half goals from senior Jake Rozhansky and junior DJ Reeves to overcome UConn, 3-2, at Morrone Stadium Monday night.

The Terrapins (8-0-3, 3-0-2 Big Ten) took a first half lead through junior Eryk Williamson before being pulled back late in the half by a UConn penalty kick. Maryland’s second half goals were scored 12 minutes apart, before the Huskies made things interesting late with a goal in the final moments.

“Overall I was extremely happy with the performance of the team today,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I thought we were in control for most of the match and unlucky to be tied at halftime, but we came out in the second half and finished off a couple great chances. We made it more difficult for ourselves at the end of the game, but all in all, this was a tremendous performance in a tough environment.”

Maryland’s Sebastian Elney had the best early chance in the fifth minute, his shot after a cut back on the left side of the box was saved. Williamson’s tally came in the 27th minute. Junior Gordon Wild charged down the middle, and after having a shot blocked, slipped the ball to Williamson, who slotted his right-footed effort past the keeper.

The Terps continued to control the half, but UConn pulled a goal back when Blaise N’Gague converted a penalty kick.

Maryland retook the lead in the 55th minute. Junior Amar Sejdic slipped a through ball into the box to Rozhansky, who one touched the ball past Scott Levene.

Reeves finished off a beautiful attacking move to give the Terps what turned out to be the winner in the 67th minute. Starting about 25 yards away from goal, Sejdic passed to Williamson, who poked the ball into the box to Eric Matzelevich. Matzelevich passed the ball back to Williamson, who then slid a through ball to Reeves, who finished calmly after taking a single touch.

A Maryland giveaway gave UConn a goal in the 88th minute, but Maryland finished out the match. The Terps notched 11 shots on the night and redshirt sophomore keeper Dayne St. Clair made three saves.

Maryland returns to Big Ten play Friday at Ohio State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.