Big Ten Primer: Men's Soccer

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The Terps exited the Atlantic Coast Conference with a bang, winning their second-consecutive tournament and regular season titles, but now it’s time to prepare for a new era of Maryland men’s soccer. Welcome to your Men’s Soccer Big Ten Primer.

Big Games vs. the Big Ten

1968 – Maryland 2, Michigan State 2 (OT) (National Championship Game)

Maryland shared its first national championship with Michigan State as the two teams played to a 2-2 draw in the title match. As the story goes, the two teams battled through 90 minutes of play and during the extra period, the referees needed to catch their flight home and thus the game was called a draw. The tie avenged a pair of losses by the Spartans in the first round of the 1964 (1-0) and 1967 (4-1) NCAA tournament.

2009 – Maryland 2, Penn State 1 (NCAA Tournament – Second Round)

The Terps captured their eighth-straight Sweet Sixteen berth with a win at Penn State in hostile territory at Jeffrey Field in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Maryland, which lost five players to the MLS from the 2008 national championship squad, were forced to travel to the No. 7 seed Nittany Lions after a rare season of being unseeded in the tournament. Jason Herrick’s game-winning goal with 4:05 remaining in regulation gave Penn State its first loss of the year at home and head coach Sasho Cirovski his 250th career win.

2004 – Indiana 3, Maryland 2 (OT) (NCAA Semifinal)

Indiana’s John Michael Hayden scored on a header with just 48 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Hoosiers a 3-2 win over Maryland in the national semifinals at the Home Depot Center.

Jason Garey’s goal, which provided Maryland with an early 1-0 lead, gave the heralded Terrapin 22 for the year and 53 points, both program records. Maurice Edu evened the game at 2-2 after an assist from Michael Dellorusso in the 81st minute.

Maryland’s History with the Big Ten

The Terps are a combined 29-28-3 against Big Ten opponents all-time.

Below are series records with each Big Ten opponent:

Indiana 0-3-2

Michigan 0-1-0

Michigan State 1-4-1

Ohio State 2-0-0

Penn State 19-19-0

Rutgers 5-1-0

Wisconsin 2-0-0

Big Ten Teams at a Glance

Indiana Hoosiers

  • First Year: 1973
  • Eight-time National Champions
  • Participants in 18 College Cups
  • Highest winning percentage in the regular season and the postseason in NCAA men’s college soccer
  • 11 B1G Tournament titles
  • 14 Regular Season Championships (Nine straight from 1996-2004)
  • All-Time Record: 677-162-76
  • Head Coach: Todd Yeagley
  • Venue: Bill Armstrong Stadium (6,500)
  • Notable Alumni: Eric Alexander- New York Red Bulls; Kevin Alston- N.E. Revolution (10th overall pick in 2009); Ned Grabavoy- Real Salt Lake; Aleksey Korol- Selected fifth overall in 2000 by Dallas 

Michigan Wolverines

  • First Year of Competition: 2000
  • All-time record: 141-116-26
  • B1G Record: 33-43-8
  • One B1G Championship (Tournament)
  • Five NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Head Coach: Chaka Daley
  • Venue: U-M Soccer Stadium (2,200)
  • Notable Alumni: Peri Marosevic - Drafted 5th overall by FC Dallas in 2009; Justin Meram- Drafted 15th overall by Columbus Crew in 2011

Michigan State Spartans

  • First Year of Competition; 1956
  • All-Time Record: 542-293-91
  • B1G Record: 56-64-12
  • Four B1G Championships (three tournament, one regular season)
  • 16 NCAA Championship Appearances
  • Two NCAA Championships
  • Head Coach: Damon Rensing
  • Venue: DeMartin Soccer Complex (2,500)
  • Notable Alumni: Rauwshan McKenzi - Portland Timbers; Ryan McMahen - Drafted 16th overall by Kansas City Wizards in 2006

Northwestern Wildcats

  • First Year of Competition: 1980
  • All-Time Record: 262-321-71
  • B1G Record: 28-87-13
  • Three B1G Championships (one tournament, two regular season)
  • Eight NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Head Coach: Tim Lenahan
  • Venue: Lakeside Field (2,000)
  • Notable Alumni: Chris Ritter – currently on Chicago Fire; Brad North – 2007 SuperDraft (DC United, 2nd Round)

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • First Year of Competition: 1953
  • All-Time Record: 406-439-104
  • B1G Record: 55-57-11
  • Eight NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Five B1G Championships (three tournament, two regular season)
  • Head Coach: John Bleum
  • Venue: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (10,000)
  • Notable Alumni: Roger Espinoza - Honduras National Team (2014 World Cup)

Penn State Nittany Lions

  • First Year of Soccer: 1911
  • All-time record: 800-370-129
  • B1G Record: 57-50-10
  • 30 NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • 11 National Championships
  • Five B1G Championships
  • Head Coach: Bob Warming
  • Venue: Jeffrey Field (5,000)
  • Notable Alumni: Corey Hertzog - Drafted 13th overall by New York Red Bulls in 2011

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  • First Year of Soccer: 1938
  • All-time record: 534-385-107
  • Nine NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Six Conference Championships (Big East/A-10)
  • Head Coach: Dan Donigan
  • Venue: Yurchak Field (5,000)
  • Notable Alumni: Hall of Fame Inductee Alexi Lalas, Head Coach Peter Vermes (Sporting KC), and Former All-Star Jon Gros.

Wisconsin Badgers

  • First Year of Competition: 1977
  • All-Time record: 381-274-74
  • B1G record: 90-76-21
  • Five NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Four B1G Championships (one tournament, three regular season)
  • One NCAA Championship
  • Head Coach: John Trask
  • Venue: McClimon Complex (4,500)
  • Notable Alumni: AJ Cochran - Drafted 16th overall by Houston Dynamo in 2014 

Examining the Big Ten in 2013

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's soccer season that concluded with five teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament. Penn State earned the regular season title, while Indiana won the Big Ten Tournament.

NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin all earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, marking the fourth time in the last six years the Big Ten has earned five NCAA Tournament bids. The Nittany Lions and Badgers advanced to the second round after winning their opening games, while the Spartans earned a first-round bye. Michigan State edged Louisville, 1-0, in double overtime and Penn State defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, continuing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans defeated Georgetown, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals but fell to the eventual national champion, Notre Dame.

Regular-Season Crown: Penn State clinched the outright Big Ten Championship with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Northwestern on Oct. 27, marking its second-consecutive title and fifth overall. With the win, the Nittany Lions earned a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

Big Ten Tournament Title: Fifth-seeded Indiana won its 12th Big Ten Tournament Championship in school history after defeating third-seeded Michigan State, 1-0, in the championship game. The defending national champion Hoosiers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Where The B1G Ranked: Three Big Ten men's soccer teams appeared in the final NSCAA/NCAA Coaches' Poll: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 16 Penn State and No. 19 Wisconsin.