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#1 Terps Cap Undefeated Regular Season at Michigan

Maryland Athletics
10-30-2016
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Senior Suli Dainkeh’s goal with 1:01 remaining in double overtime completed a valiant comeback on Sunday as the No. 1 Maryland men’s soccer team capped its undefeated regular season with a win at Michigan, 3-2.

It was the first career goal for Dainkeh – a defender – as the Terps (15-0-2, 7-0-1 B1G) stretched their winning streak to 12 straight games. Maryland has not lost a match since a defeat at Ohio State on Oct. 31, 2015. It is the sixth undefeated regular season in program history and the first since Maryland shared the national championship in 1968.

Gordon Wild – who leads the conference with 15 goals – also scored for the Terps, as did senior defender Chris Odoi-Atsem.

Defensively, the Terps would need to overcome a two-goal deficit after surrendering two early goals to a spirited Michigan squad that was celebrating Senior Day Sunday while attempting to knock off a top-ranked team for the first time in school history.

Goals by Robbie Mertz and Jack Hallahan in the seventh and 19th minute, respectively, gave the Wolverines an early two goal cushion. It was only the sixth and seventh first-half goals Maryland has given up in 2016.

Wild – as he has the majority of the season – would get the Terps rolling offensively when he effortlessly slotted a penalty kick home to slash Michigan’s lead in half in the 66th minute. A hand ball on a George Campbell strike set up the Terps chance.

Odoi-Atsem would give Maryland more late-game heroics from its backline as he knocked in his first goal of the season from short range with a minute to play in regulation to knot the match up at two apiece.

Dainkeh would then put the Terps on top with a beautiful strike from six yards to the far post in the 109th minute for the win. He is the 12th Maryland player to score a goal this season.

Maryland – who played Sunday’s match without key players Sebastian Elney, Eryk Williamson, DJ Reeves and Amar Sejdic – outshot Michigan 27-9, including a decisive 7-1 advantage in the overtime stanza.

"I am bursting with pride from the way our guys competed today,” head coach Sasho Cirovski, who had nearly 50 family members and friends from Windsor-Ontario, Canada, in the stands, said. “This is a historic moment for our program.

“They are a determined group of guys and I am delighted for our players. I can’t wait for the playoffs.”

The Terps will host the Michigan/Rutgers play-in game on Saturday at Ludwig Field before playing the winner of that match in College Park on Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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