#8 Terps Tie Old Dominion Tuesday

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Sophomore David Kabelik’s second half equalizer salvaged a 1-1 draw for the No. 8 Maryland men’s soccer team against Old Dominion at Ludwig Field Tuesday night.

The Terrapins (2-2-3, 2-0-1 ACC) controlled possession for most of the game, but had a tough time breaking through a stingy Monarch (3-2-1) defense. Freshman Alex Crognale’s own goal gave ODU its only tally.

Maryland dominated the first half of play, outshooting the Monarchs 9-3. Patrick Mullins had the Terps’ best chance of the half, his hard left footed shot forcing a save from ODU keeper Sean Stowe.

The second half was a back and forth affair with both teams creating quality opportunities. Kabelik’s shot from just inside the 18-yard box was well saved by Stowe just after the hour mark.

Old Dominion finally broke the deadlock in the 74th minute when a Monarch corner kick glanced off the back of Crognale’s head and past Zack Steffen. The freshman keeper kept the Terps in the game soon after with a fantastic acrobatic stop.

Maryland drew level in the 83rd minute. Senior Jake Pace laid the ball off to Kabelik who rocketed it past Stowe from 10 yards out for his first goal of the season.

Schillo Tshuma had the Terps’ best chance of the two overtime periods. The sophomore’s right-footed chip attempt cleared Stowe, but rolled just wide.

Steffen had another stellar game between the sticks for the Terps, tallying a career high seven saves.

“I’m disappointed with the result. We squandered way too many chances in this game and looked like a tired team,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said.  “We were not as sharp as we’ve been the last couple of games.

"I give Old Dominion credit. I thought they battled extremely hard and they made it difficult for us. That combined with us not having our best day made up for the result we got. I believe in these kids; they care and they are trying to figure it out. We are putting them through the ringer with tough game, after tough game.”

Maryland is back in action this Friday against ACC newcomer Pittsburgh. Kickoff at Ludwig Field is slated for 7:30 p.m.