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Maryland Men's Soccer: Terps top Ohio State in home finale

In their home finale, on Senior Night, Maryland welcomed Ohio State to Ludwig.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Having reeled off six straight wins, and moved themselves up into a T4 in the conference, Maryland was seeking to give the Seniors one final home win at Ludwig, and a jump to 2nd in the standings.

First Half

Maryland started building some momentum early, with a corner after 5 minutes and a shot on goal from Alex Shinsky with 9 minutes gone. The Terps next chance came off a free kick, but Michael Sauers shot high. Another half-chance presented itself to Maryland a few minutes later, with Ambrose's shot off target.

The Terps had an ensuing run of corners a few minutes later, and created a chance on the 3rd, but Mikias Eticha's shot went wide. Maryland was in firm control of the ball, and their build-up play was solid, but they were just missing that final ball to unlock the Buckeye's defense.

They created another chance a few minutes later, a Alex Crognale header saved by Alex Ivanov in the Ohio State goal. Ivanov was forced to make another save two minutes later, stopping Tsubasa Endoh's effort. Maryland was completely in control, and close to a breakthrough after the half hour mark.

They weren't able to find that breakthrough in the first half though, and despite a dominant first 45 from the Terps, the score remained 0-0.

Second Half

Maryland wasn't able to keep up the same level of domination in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd Half, but they upped the ante soon after. Endoh blasted a shot off the crossbar in the 56th minute, and 5 minutes later Ivanov saved a shot from Dan Metzger.

Maryland was still well in control of the game in the second half, but their final product had dipped a bit, and they still weren't able to find that all important first goal, which would draw Ohio State out of their defensive shell and open things up for the Terps.

After the hour mark in particular Maryland's play seemed to dip, but they still were comfortable at the back and had a few corners, one which created a header for Jereme Raley, which was saved by Ivanov. Then on the ensuing corner they finally got their goal. After a bit of pinball in the area, George Campbell arrived to turn home and give the Terps their deserved 1-0 lead. Of all the possible scorers, Campbell was maybe the most surprising one, getting just his 2nd goal of the year.

Maryland held on the rest of the way and made it 7 wins on the trot.

Final: Maryland 1-0 Ohio State

They waited awhile to get their goal, but they finally did. It was a thoroughly dominant performance from Maryland, who outclassed Ohio State from start to finish. The win gives them 13 points in conference play, which places them 2nd in the standings. They finish the regular season on Wednesday vs Rutgers.