COLUMBUS, Ohio. - Junior Sebastian Elney’s goal in the 85th minute lifted the No. 3 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday night.
The Terrapins (9-0-3, 4-0-2 Big Ten) were the more aggressive side more the majority of the match, but did not find the winner until late. Maryland has not given up a goal in Big Ten play (580 minutes) and is unbeaten in 29 consecutive regular season matches.
“This is a great win,” head coach Sasho Cirovski. “I thought we played extremely well the whole game and we were in total control. I’m really proud of our team. We stayed connected defensively and we worked hard to get that goal. I’m proud of the mentality they showed.”
Maryland controlled possession for most of the opening 45 minutes, but was unable to find a breakthrough. Maryland’s first chance came in the sixth minute when a cross, not dealt with by the keeper, fell to senior Jake Rozhansky, who saw his shot cleared off the line.
In the 16th minute, Elney received a pass 25 yards from goal and turned his defender, before lacing a right-footed shot that Ohio State keeper Parker Siegfried parried away.
The 25th minute saw junior DJ Reeves get free in the box after some good work from Sejdic, but Siegfried was once again up to the challenge with a reaction save.
Maryland’s two best chances of the second half came on penalty kicks. In the 60th minute, junior Gordon Wild was fouled and stepped up to take the penalty kick, but Siegfried denied him. Wild drew another spot kick in the 69th minute, but Siegfried made a fantastic kick save to stop Eryk Williamson’s attempt.
The Terps finally got the winner in the 85th minute. Rozhansky made the first pass to Amar Sejdic, who was streaking into the left channel of the box. The junior corralled the ball and shot a low cross that Elney stuck in the back of the net. It was Elney’s fourth goal of the season.
Maryland outshot Ohio State 23-9. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair made just two saves. The Terps were helped along by a large crowd of Maryland supporters that were in the stands at Jesse Owens Stadium, including former Terps and MLS players Alex Crognale and Zack Steffen.
“I’d like to thank all of our supporters for coming out tonight,” Cirovski said. “We have the best fans in the nation and they showed that again tonight. To have Alex and Zack at the match was special.”
Maryland returns to action Friday night at Wisconsin. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the match can be seen live on ESPNU.