Coming off a disappointing defeat to Michigan State in their first Big Ten home game, and having not yet won a Big Ten game, Maryland was looking to get off the schnide. It was also important to get off to a fast early start, and to really test a goalkeeper, like they haven't truly done this year.
Maryland did get off to a nice early start, controlling possession through the first 20 minutes, and playing quicker and sharper than most of their first halves, which were much more direct, physical, plodding affairs. The Terps got their first chance after 5 minutes when George Campbell headed high from a Mael Corboz corner. They added to the corner count in the 16th and 17th minutes, with the latter leading to a shot by Eric Carbajal, which drew a save from Badgers goalkeeper Casey Beyers.
The early pace of the game slowed after 20 minutes, with a stretch that included just one shot, a high effort from Wisconsin's Adam Lauko. Sasho Cirovski looked to brighten up the Terps play in the 29th minute, going to his usual first sub, David Kabelik. He also brought on Alex Shinsky and Jerome Meefout in the 35th minute. Brian Hail had a shot go wide for the Badgers in the 37th minute, and Maryland picked up after that to close the half, with shots from Corboz and Kabelik that were off target and blocked respectively.
Maryland had one more corner before the half, taken by Endoh, which resulted in nothing, meaning we went into the HT break at 0-0.
While the score was perhaps slightly familiar, it was an encouraging display from Maryland. The Terps got 6 shots off - albeit just one on target - and were playing more aggressive. They took the game to Wisconsin, and were on top of things at half-time.
Maryland's strong finish and overall play in the First Half carried over to the 2nd, with two early chances. Carbajal shot wide, and then off a corner Meefout did the same from a header. Just two minutes later though, the Terps broke the deadlock. A shot from Michael Sauers from just outside the 6 yard box found the back of the net, and Maryland led 1-0 after 52 minutes, a well deserved lead for their pressure and creativity.
Just 6 minutes later they doubled their lead. Mikey Ambrose put in a superb ball off a free kick, and Dan Metzger got a perfect header too it from 9 yards out to make it 2-0. Maryland wasn't going to get complacent after going 2-0 up - the most dangerous lead in soccer, I might add - and kept the pressure going, and seemed in a real mood for more. They controlled possession over the next 10 minutes with Corboz heading wide, and Sauers having a shot blocked looking for his 2nd. Tsubasa Endoh got into the action on 73 minutes, with a chance being saved by Beyers.
The rest of the match finished without much incidence, with the Terrapins doing a fine job of killing the game off. They got their first Big Ten win, 2-0 over Wisconsin.
Maryland had troubles with slow starts, and creating clear cut chances. They did that and more tonight, with two well taken goals, and put in a very strong team performance. This is an encouraging win, and hopefully they can keep it up over the coming weeks.
The Terps are back in action on Tuesday, facing local rival Georgetown.