Freshman Michael Sauers’ first career goal helped the No. 8 Maryland men’s soccer team defeat Boston College, 2-1, on a beautiful Friday night at Ludwig Field.
A first half own goal supplemented the freshman’s tally as the Terrapins (5-2-3, 4-0-1 ACC) dominated the Eagles for most of the night. The Terps were able to withstand a late Boston College run to seal the victory.
Sauers’ goal came after just five minutes of play. Senior Sunny Jane served the ball into the box and the freshman banged in his header from close range. The tally was the quickest the Terps have scored this season.
Jane continued to be a menace to the Eagles’ backline throughout the first half, constantly creating chances for himself and his teammates. The senior just missed two free kick opportunities and had a daring 25-yard left foot attempt go just wide.
The Terps’ pressure paid off again in the 30th minute. A Maryland cross deflected off a Boston College defender and trickled past keeper Alex Kapp to give the Terps a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw the Terps continue to press the action. Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh delivered a powerful strike from just outside the box that beat Kapp but went wide.
Boston College struck back in the 75th minute when Isaac Normesinu slipped a through ball into the path of Zeiko Lewis who calmly put the ball past Steffen.
Maryland’s freshman keeper would have the last laugh in the 90th minute. Steffen stuffed an Eagle 1-on-1 opportunity to preserve the Terrapin lead just before the final whistle.
Maryland outshot the Eagles, 18-10, on the night including an 11-3 first half advantage.
“It’s a very good win on the heels of a very difficult Tuesday night match,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I thought we played very well in the first half and were maybe unfortunate to not have a bigger cushion than we did. Credit Boston College on being very composed and finding a great goal at the end to make it interesting.”
The Terps return to action this Tuesday as they travel to Indiana to take on No. 2 Notre Dame. Action begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen via the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com