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No. 3 Maryland and UMBC Clash Tuesday Night

Maryland Athletics
9-25-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 3 Maryland men's soccer team looks to continue its unbeaten start to the season when it takes a short trip to face off with UMBC at Retriever Soccer Park Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the match live on UMBC's free live stream. Live stats can be found here. 

Shutdown D

Maryland's defense has been stellar since UCLA scored a pair of goals on the Terps on Sept 1. The Terps have posted five consecutive shutouts, blanking Cal Poly, then-No. 4 Indiana, Rutgers, Penn State and most recently, No. 6 Michigan State. 

Sophomore Johannes Bergmann earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 19. after those consecutive Big Ten shutouts. Bergmann paired with Miles Stray in central defense against Rutgers for being deployed with Donovan Pines against Penn State. The central defense has lined up with Chase Gasper and George Campbell at outside back.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, on Sept. 12. St. Clair made a career-high six saves in a 0-0 draw with then-No. 4 Indiana in front of nearly 7,000 fans at Ludwig Field. The Pickering, Ontario, Canada native posted two highlight reel stops in the first overtime to keep Maryland unbeaten in 2017. Maryland is unbeaten in its last 25 regular season matches (22-0-3).

Doing It All

Junior midfielder Eryk Williamson keyed the Terps victory over Penn State. The Alexandria, Va., native assisted on Sebastian Elney's opener before scoring a goal of his own in the final minutes. Williamson also made an important goal line clearance to keep Penn State off the board late in the second half.

Williamson brings tremendous experience to the Terps. He competed with the US National Team at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea this summer and has been a consistent member of the national team set up in recent years. 

Wild Thing

Junior forward Gordon Wild notched two goals on Sept. 12 to lead Maryland past Rutgers. Wild has five goals this season after scoring 17 last season. The native of Germany was one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy last season.  

Elney Lifts Terps to Win over No. 15 UCLA

It was déjà vu all over again as junior Sebastian Elney scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute to lift No. 6 Maryland past No. 15 UCLA, 3-2, in overtime at Ludwig Field.

Elney, who also posted the game-winner against UCLA in dramatic fashion in 2015, snagged a terrific pass from senior Jake Rozhansky and slipped it through traffic to the far corner for the win. Maryland (3-0) has already scored nine goals this season.

Gordon Wild and Eric Matzelevich also scored goals for the Terps.

Cali on Our Mind

The Terps played three teams from the West Coast in their first four games. Maryland is 3-0 in those games.

Sasho's Crew Crunch

To help commemorate Maryland men’s soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season with the Terps, the Maryland Dairy has produced a limited edition Sasho’s Crew Crunch ice cream flavor which made its official debut Sept. 1.

Cirovski worked in collaboration with Executive Pastry Chef Jeffrey Russo to create Sasho’s Crew Crunch which features Dulce De Leche ice cream, chocolate ice cream cloud swirl and Nestle Crunch pieces.

Sasho’s Crew Crunch will be available at the Maryland Dairy this fall and is featured as the flavor of the month for September. Additionally, fans can purchase the flavor at home games at Ludwig Field this season.

Rozhansky Leads Terps in Season Opener

Senior Jake Rozhansky scored two goals to lead No. 6 Maryland to a 4-2 season-opening win at Santa Clara.

The Terps also picked up scoring from junior Eryk Williamson and freshman Eric Matzelevich. Dayne St. Clair picked up the win at keeper. Friday night marked the first game of head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season.

Big Ten Supremacy

Maryland has won three consecutive Big Ten Tournament titles and two regular season crowns since joining the conference in 2014.

Earlier this month, the Terps were once again chosen to reign supreme in the league, according to a poll released by Big Ten coaches.

Wild Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Junior Gordon Wild was tabbed to the MAC Hermann Trophy List, released in early August.

A native of Cologne, Germany, Wild was the 2016 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, ranking in the top three nationally in both goals and points for the Big Ten tournament and regular season champion Terps. A First Team All-Big Ten pick, Wild also garnered Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player honors in his first season in College Park after transferring from USC Upstate where he scored 16 goals as a rookie. His 17 goals in 2016 were the most for a Terrapin since two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner and current D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins.

Newbies

A total of 11 new players have been added to the 2017 roster, including UCLA transfer Chase Gasper and Belmont transfer Eli Crognale. Sophomore Johannes Bergmann, a native of Germany, joined the Terps this fall as well as incoming freshman Misha de Waal-Hart, Paul Frendach, Eric Matzelevich, Gio Vasquez, Ben Di Rosa, Matt Di Rosa, Alejandro Chacon and Fola Adetola.

Matzelevich has two goals through five games this season.

Three Tabbed Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch

Juniors Gordon Wild, Amar Sejdic, and Eryk Williamson were named Big Ten Players to Watch. Wild was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year last season. Wild joined Sejdic on the Big Ten First Team while Williamson garnered second team honors.

New Year, New Keeper

Redshirt sophomore Dayne St. Clair is poised to take over for 2016 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Cody Niedermeier this season at goalkeeper.

St. Clair saw limited action as a freshman, securing a shutout against St. John’s, but has extensive international experience, spending a bulk of his time competing for the Canadian National Team. The 6-4 keeper was a two-sport athlete in high school, also exceling in volleyball.

St. Clair made a career-high six saves to preserve a draw against No. 4 Indiana on Sept. 8.

Terps on TV

Maryland will have at least seven contests broadcast on national television, including six on the Big Ten Network. The Terps will play host to the first two games on the BTN schedule this fall as it’s highly-anticipated matches versus UCLA (Sept. 1) and Indiana (Sept. 8) at Ludwig Field will appear on the network. Additionally, home games against Rutgers (Sept. 12), Georgetown (Oct. 17) and Michigan (Oct. 29) will air live on BTN. Maryland’s away contest at Wisconsin on Oct. 13 will be televised on ESPNU. The Big Ten Tournament will also be broadcast on BTN.

All other home matches at Ludwig Field will be streamed live on BTN2Go.

Celebrating Sasho’s 25th Season

The Terps will be celebrating head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season in 2017. Upon his arrival in College Park in 1993, Sasho Cirovski has transformed Maryland into a national soccer power, leading the Terps to the 2008 and 2005 NCAA titles, seven College Cup appearances, and 15 conference titles, all the while producing countless top-level professional players.

During his tenure with the Terps, Maryland has been to the NCAA Tournament 22 times, advancing to the College Cup in eight of those years, including four-straight appearances from 2002-05, culminating in the NCAA title in 2005. The Terps have also captured eight conference tournament titles (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and six conference regular season titles (2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 20015) during his stay in College Park.

Ludwig Field – THE Premier College Soccer Venue

Repeatedly one of the top venues in college soccer, Ludwig Field was once again rockin’ last season, leading the nation in attendance.  The Terps averaged more than 4,000 fans per match and welcomed over 52,000 total fans to College Park in 2016. That tally also led the Big Ten Conference, nearly doubling second-place Indiana.

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