COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior DJ Reeves scored a goal in the 36th minute, but the Maryland men’s soccer team dropped its match to Michigan, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
By overtime the Terrapins (10-4-3, 5-1-2) and Wolverines (11-4-2, 6-1-1) were playing for the Big Ten Regular Season title. As a result of Michigan State and Indiana’s draw, a match that ended in the second half of the game in College Park, the victor of the Maryland/Michigan match would take home the crown. A tie would’ve given the Terps a share of the title with the Spartans and Hoosiers, but Francis Atuahene’s 104th minute goal gave the championship to Michigan outright.
“It’s a very cruel ending tonight. Credit to Francis Atuahene for making a great play and a great reaction play on a tip save from Dayne. That’s the difference in the game — one play,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I was proud of the effort our guys put in tonight. I thought we battled well — that’s a good Michigan team. It was a very even game. We’re going to regroup again and get ready. Thankfully we have a week before our next game and we need it. We need to regroup and re-energize and re-focus and get ready for the playoffs. That’s never how you want it to be but that’s our reality. have a lot of winners and we’re going to find a way to win.”
Michigan jumped out in front in the early minutes. Daniel Mukuna headed a Marc Ybarra corner in the seventh minute to give Michigan the lead. The Terps equalized in the 36th minute. Junior Gordon Wild crossed in to the box from the left side towards Reeves and Eryk Williamson. After a failed Michigan clearances, Reeves found the ball on his right foot, spun and deposited the ball past Henry Mashburn.
The Terps took their momentum into the second half, and dominated the first 25 minutes. Williamson cut in on his right in the box and forced a good save from Mashburn in the 50th minute.
Maryland’s best chance came in the 62nd minutes. Senior George Campbell chipped the ball to Williamson on the right flank 35 yards from goal. The junior slipped a pass that looked bound for Sebastian Elney at the top of the 18, but the junior let the ball go through his legs and to Jake Rozhansky. Rozhansky then put a one touch back heel into the path of Elney, who ripped a shot with the outside of his foot that Mashburn barely tipped wide.
Michigan had the better of the chances for the final 20 minutes of the half, but the Terps’ backline and Dayne St. Clair kept the Wolverines at bay. St. Clair’s finest save came in the first overtime period, when he went full extension to deny Atuahene.
The Michigan forward would have the final say however, poking a Jack Hallahan cross past St. Clair in the 104th minute to win the match for Michigan.
Maryland honored its two senior captains, Campbell and Rozhansky, in a senior day ceremony prior to the match.
The Terps are the four seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will face Wisconsin in next week’s quarterfinal round in College Park on Sunday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is TBD.