COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Gordon Wild netted a hat trick to lead the No. 1 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 3-2 double overtime victory over Delaware Tuesday night.
Wild – who is second nationally in goals scored with 14 – scored the game-winner, his sixth of the year, in the 107th minute to give Maryland (14-0-2, 6-0-1 B1G) its 11th straight win. The Terps have not lost since falling to Ohio State in Columbus on Oct. 31, 2015 – a stretch of 21-consecutive matches. With the win, Maryland wrapped up its first perfect home regular season (11-0) since 2005, when it captured the national championship.
Maryland struck first, picking up the early lead in the fourth minute. Wild finished to the near post after Amar Sejdic’s league-leading ninth assist of the year on a through ball from the far side of the box.
Delaware scored the equalizer at 22:39 on a Guillermo Delgado header from five yards after a cross from Carlos Perales. The Blue Hens got the go-ahead again from Delgado off a rebound from a Cody Niedermeier save in the 73rd minute.
But Wild would pull the Terps back to even when he scored off a beautiful play three minutes later. George Campbell had a back flick to Chris Odoi-Atsem, who had a fantastic run down the near sideline. Odoi-Atsem then served a ball from 20 yards to Wild for the finish and a 2-2 contest.
It would once again be Wild in the second bonus frame. Jake Rozhansky won a ball towards midfield and dished to Eryk Williamson, who threaded ball into the center of the box for Wild’s third goal of the night.
"We have a love affair with our fans and it seems we want to make things exciting to keep them coming back,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “It’s a great result against a very good Delaware team. Two of the best forwards in the country put on a show. They were a very good counter-attacking team, a very good passing team and they posed some problems for us.
“We once again found the resilience to come back when things got tough and we found the mental strength to put in the game winner. I think this team has shown a lot of resilience and mental strength throughout, but make no mistake, we are a tired team. We keep taking everyone’s shot in this ring we call Ludwig Field, but we’re coming out on top. I think it was another great night in Ludwig, a little too dramatic, but we’ll take the win."
The Terps wrap up the regular season with conference tilt at Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.