COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With a Big Ten Regular Season Championship on the line, the ninth-ranked Maryland men's soccer team hosts No. 19 Michigan at Ludwig Field Sunday afternoon. The match will be broadcast live on BTN and fans can follow live stats here.
Kicking it Off
• Maryland sits tied with Indiana and Michigan State in the Big Ten standings with 17 points, and can clinch a share of the Big Ten title with a win or a draw on Sunday, depending on the result of Indiana and Michigan State's clash in East Lansing on Sunday. If those teams draw and the Terps draw, there would be a three-way split of the Big Ten title. If the Terps and one of those teams both win, Maryland and that team would split the championship. Maryland can only win the Big Ten title outright if it wins, and Indiana and Michigan State draw.
• Before its three consecutive losses, Maryland went 30 consecutive regular season games (26-0-4) unbeaten dating back to 2015, the longest streak in school history.
• Head coach Sasho Cirovski captured his 400th career victory in Maryland’s 5-4 win over Wisconsin. With the victory, Cirovski became just the ninth coach in Division I history to win 400 games and the 39th in men’s college soccer history across all levels. Cirovski picked up his 100th conference win as a head coach against Ohio State.
• Junior Eryk Williamson was incredible against Wisconsin, picking up a hat trick in just 16 minutes of the second half. Williamson’s second goal, a 25-yard chipped effort was featured on that night’s SportsCenter Top-10 plays. Williamson was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
Maryland’s defense went on a 567-minute scoreless between its overtime win against UCLA and its match with UMBC. The Terps have eight total shutouts.
Maryland went to Michigan State and shutout the sixth-ranked Spartans in front of a record crowd in East Lansing. Sophomore Donovan Pines was spectacular in the match, and earned Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors following the performance.
Sophomore Johannes Bergmann earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 19. consecutive Big Ten shutouts against Rutgers and Penn State. Bergmann paired with Miles Stray in central defense against Rutgers for being deployed with 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 26 regular season matches (22-0-4).
Class on and Off the Field
Maryland senior midfielder Jake Rozhansky was selected as a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in men’s soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Rozhansky has been outstanding since arriving at Maryland last season. The Germantown, Md., native started all 21 games for the Terps and notched three goals and eight assists. So far this season, Rozhansky has four goals and eight assists. The midfielder was named one of Maryland’s captains before the 2017 season. He also has taken an active role with Maryland’s 2017 Team IMPACT signee, Keith Poe.
Doing It All
Junior midfielder Eryk Williamson has been outstanding for Maryland so far this season and leads the Terps with six goals. He has also added five assists.
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.
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.
Cali on Our Mind
The Terps played three teams from the West Coast in their first four games. Maryland was 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.
The Terps were once again chosen to reign supreme in the league this season, 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.
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.
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
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.
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 2015) 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.