UNIVERSITY PARK. Pa. – Junior Eryk Williamson provided on assist on Maryland’s opening goal before adding a tally of his own as the No. 3 Terps pushed past Penn State, 2-0, at Jeffrey Field Sunday night.
The Terrapins (6-0-1) notched their fourth consecutive shutout and were able to breakdown a stingy Penn State defense after a scoreless first 45 minutes. Junior Sebastian Elney scored the winner in the 50th minute.
“I’m overall very pleased with the performance,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We were in full control. We had to make one play at the end of the game on a corner when Eryk was in good position to clear the ball off the end line, but anytime you win on the road and get a shutout that's a good day.”
Maryland had the majority of the possession throughout the 90 minutes, but could not capitalize on its chances in the first half. In the 10th minute, junior Gordon Wild slipped a through ball into the path of Jake Rozhansky in the box, but the senior’s effort was stuffed by Penn State keeper Evan Finney.
Minutes later, junior Amar Sejdic saw the ball fall to his feet 10 yards out, but was unable to beat Finney, who came up with another outstanding stop. Maryland outshot the Nittany Lions 4-1 in the first half.
Elney broke the deadlock early in the second half. Williamson executed some nice combination play down the left wing with Rozhansky before sending in a cross from the end line that Elney tapped in from close range. It was the second goal of the junior’s season.
Williamson played a large part in the final minutes of the match on both ends. The Alexandria, Va., native cleared a goal bound header off the line in the 85th minute before providing the second goal in the 89th minute. Rozhanksky delivered the pass that released Williamson down the middle of the field before the junior outran a Penn State defender and coolly slipped a right-footed shot past Finney.
“Eryk has been a really bright spot for us virtually every game and all season long and he makes three typical plays in this game that win the game for us,” Cirovski said. “It was a great clearance and then to have the energy to make the run and the composure to finish it, was a just reward for his performance. I thought he was very good today and I also thought Jake Rozhansky was exceptional.”
Maryland outshot Penn State 8-2 for the contest. The Terrapins also extended their shutout streak to 397 minutes. Maryland keeper Dayne St. Clair had to make just a single save.
The Terps return to action Friday night at No. 6 Michigan State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the match can be seen live on BTN Plus.