COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Alex Crognale celebrated Senior Night in resounding fashion with two goals as the No. 1 Maryland men’s soccer team topped Hofstra 2-1 Friday night at Ludwig Field.
Crognale – the reigning Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week – scored both goals in the first half to lead the Terps (13-0-2, 6-0-1 B1G) who saw their winning streak stretch to 10 games. The Terps have not lost since falling to Ohio State in Columbus on Oct. 31, 2015 – a stretch of 20-straight matches.
Maryland’s first tally came after a flurry of action in the box in the fifth minute. After Gordon Wild’s shot was saved, the ball bounced back to the sophomore who chipped the ball to Crognale for the score and the early 1-0 Terrapin lead.
Crognale’s sixth goal of the year was set up by a brilliant free kick from sophomore Amar Sejdic – who leads the Big Ten with eight assists this season. Sejdic’s serve from just outside the box was flicked to the far post by Crognale for the 2-0 cushion at 19:04.
Hofstra scored one late goal to cap the match at 2-1.
Senior Cody Niedermeier made five saves to lead the Terps defensively. Maryland is outscoring foes, 36-11, this season.
“I’m delighted for our seniors tonight,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This was a hard-fought, well-earned victory against a very good opponent in Hofstra. Coming off a very difficult game on Tuesday, to play a team that had a week’s rest and is as good as Hofstra, is a difficult challenge. I thought we made the plays in the first half to give us a cushion and we knew the second half would be difficult. We were pushed back and forced to defend and we absorbed some pressure and made some plays.
“We certainly feel good about coming out on top. I’m proud of our guys and especially for our seniors. I’m happy Emmanuel Korvah was able to get in the game and I’m so happy for Alex Crognale who had two goals. Once again Cody Niedermeier made fantastic saves and Suli Dainkeh was outstanding today, as was Cody Albrecht. I thought the seniors led the way and the rest of the players filled in. I’m also really pleased for Aaron Franco who came back from an injury to play a pivotal role in the midfield at the end of the game. All in all, it was a good night against a good opponent. I wish we could’ve gotten the shutout, but Hofstra deserved a goal.”
The Terps cap their four-game homestand with a match versus Delaware Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.