#18 Terps Draw at #2 North Carolina Friday

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Sophomore Schillo Tshuma recorded two goals to lead the No. 18 Maryland men’s soccer team to a hard-fought 2-2 tie at No. 2 North Carolina Friday night.

The Terrapins (1-2-2, 1-0-1 ACC) amassed 20 shots on the night and fueled by the return of sophomore defender Dakota Edwards, tallied nearly 90 minutes of shutout soccer to cap the match and give North Carolina (2-0-2, 0-0-2 ACC) its second straight draw.

Maryland wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, netting the first goal of the game for the second consecutive match. Dan Metzger’s tight run ran out of space and bounced off a Tar Heel defender to Tshuma for a 12-yard blast to the top right past UNC keeper’s Brendan Moore for a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

North Carolina countered after Metzger committed a foul just inside the box with a Raby George penalty kick equalizing score in the 14th minute.

UNC took its first lead of the game seven minutes later when Omar Holness went the distance with a 50-yard drive with a finish to Zack Steffen’s left for a 2-1 score.

Tshuma tied the match at 36:20 with a sly left-footed shot from a Tsubasa Endoh feed. It is the forward’s fourth goal in three career matches against the Tar Heels.

Maryland had a couple chances in the first overtime period when Patrick Mullins’ header soared wide with three minutes elapsed and a good counter by Tshuma went into the side netting around the five-minute mark.

Jake Pace nearly gave Maryland the victory with a great strike from the far side with three minutes remaining in the second overtime stanza but Moore’s save kept the match at 2-2.

“I thought overall it was a great effort. To get a tie on the road against UNC is very good but I felt we probably deserved better,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Unfortunately, giving away a penalty kick for the third time in five games I think that put us in the hole a little bit. I thought this was the best game of the year for our midfield. Sunny Jane was spectacular. We needed him to step up and he did.

“We took a step forward. We are getting better. I love this team.”

The Terps travel to Clemson next Saturday for a match against the Tigers at 7 p.m.