Cirovski Wins 400th Game in 5-4 Win

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MADISON, Wis. – Junior Eryk Williamson’s second half hat trick lifted the No. 3 Maryland men’s soccer team past Wisconsin, 5-4, Friday night.

With the win, Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski became the ninth Division I and the 39th head coach across all levels to win 400 career games. He is 400-145-47 as a head coach, with a 373-133-47 record at Maryland.

“Our guys had a tremendous effort throughout the game,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “To go down on the road early against a quality team and to come back in the first half showed some resolve. Our quality came through in the second half when we were able to get some exceptional goals. Our guys were challenged by a really good Wisconsin team and they rose to it.

The Terrapins (10-0-3, 5-0-2 Big Ten) also got a pair of goals from junior Amar Sejdic. The Terps have not lost in 30 consecutive regular season games dating back to 2015.

Wisconsin opened the scoring through Mark Segbers in the eighth minute. Maryland rebounded and Sejdic put the Terps level in the 20th minute, finishing from the penalty spot after Jake Rozhansky was fouled.

Sejdic gave Maryland the lead in the 36th minute. Sophomore Johannes Bergmann sent in a cross that was tapped back by DJ Reeves into the path of Sejdic, who finished into the roof of the net.

After Tom Barlow tied the match for the Badgers in the 63rd minute, Williamson took over. The sophomore tallied off a Rozhansky assist in the 69th minute before scoring on a ridiculous 25 yard chip from the right side that beat went over Wisconsin keeper Philip Schilling and nestled in at the back post.

Williamson completed his hat trick in the 85th minute, beating the keeper one-on-one after being played in by Sejdic. George Campbell had received a red card in the 83rd minute and Wisconsin scored two in the last three minutes to make it interesting, but the Terps held on for the victory.

Cirovski is one of just two active coaches with 400 victories. His 400 wins is another milestone on a career that includes two national championships, 22 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight College Cup appearances and 15 combined conference titles (regular season, tournament).

““I think about all of the great players I’ve had the privilege to coach and all coaches that have coached with me. They are all part of this. That is a milestone for a program, not just a coach. I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most wonderful young people in this country and been supported by some of the best, most loyal coaches you can find. This is a great moment for the program and there is more to come.”

Maryland returns to action Tuesday night for a top-10 showdown with Georgetown at Ludwig Field. The match can be seen live on BTN at 7 p.m.