COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Fueled by a crowd of nearly 5,000, the No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team topped No. 17 Coastal Carolina 3-2 in the home opener Monday night at Ludwig Field.
After being shut out for the first time in nearly three years against No. 14 Louisville Friday, the Terps found the back of the net a mere eight minutes into the match, courtesy of Terrapin captain Dan Metzger. Metzger, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree and a Soccer America Preseason All-American, connected with a Mael Corboz corner kick to give Maryland (1-0) the early advantage.
Coastal picked up the equalizer in the 59th minute after a header by Bryce Follensbee off a free kick by Elis Bjornsson beat Maryland keeper Zack Steffen for a 1-1 contest.
Michael Sauers, as only a sophomore, continued to show why he’s earned a reputation for scoring big goals in big games with an absolute blast from 30 yards to put the Terps up 2-1 in the 62nd minute as the action intensified in the second half.
Mikias Eticha provided the Terps with a two-goal cushion in the 73rd minute with a wiry goal from the top of the box. Jereme Raley set up the score with the assist from the near sideline.
Once again, the Chanticleers answered after Follensbee notched his second goal of the night with a tap-in off a serve from Sergio Camargo but the Terps held on for their first win of the 2014 campaign.
“That was a great win tonight against a national contender in Coastal,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I’m proud of our team because we came off a tough loss at Louisville on Friday and came out tonight very determined. I thought we had moments where we played very well in the game and scored some nice goals. I have to credit Coastal because I thought we played well defensively and they still scored two goals.”
Maryland remains in College Park for a match against UMBC Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the 2014 Crew Appreciation Game.