In a Tuesday night affair, that head coach Sasho Cirvoski wanted to feel like a Friday night one, Maryland was locking horns with their heated rival Hoyas, and looking to keep up the momentum from their 2-0 win over Wisconsin last Friday.
Maryland did a good job making a solid early start vs Wisconsin on Friday night, but tonight it was the Hoyas who started faster. Their first chance came after just 4 minutes, when Alex Muyl had a header saved by Zack Steffen. A few ensuing corners followed, but Maryland dealt with them fine. The game settled down after the strong early start from Georgetown, before the Hoyas created another chance with a shot from Brandon Allen going wide.
Trying to change things up, Coach Cirovski brought on Alex Shinsky for George Campbell. Maryland picked up the pace soon after, and had a shot from Mael Corboz blocked and one from Jereme Raley go high. A few corners followed, but nothing of any true threat. The Terps made another change with just under 12 minutes left int he half, bringing on Eric Carbajal for Jeroen Meefout.
Maryland's first shot on goal came with 5 minutes left in the half, when Mael Corboz had a superb effort from 20 yards out saved for a corner. That would be the last big chance of the half, and it ended 0-0. Georgetown had 4 shots to Maryland's 3, while the Terps had 4 corners to the Hoyas 3.
The second half was a slow starter, with a very cagey first 10-12 minutes or so. Maryland brought on impact sub David Kabelik to try to liven up the game, and a few minutes after they picked up the pace with two shots from Dan Metzger going wide. Georgetown responded soon after, with Bakie Goodman shooting wide and Austin Martz's effort going high.
The pace of the game again slowed after the hour mark, with neither side able to create many clear cut chances. Maryland made two chances with 17 minutes left, bringing on Tsubasa Endoh and Emmanuel Korvah, looking to find that cutting edge to their play.
However it was the Hoyas who struck first, with Brandon Allen giving them the lead with a dozen minutes to go from 10 yards out. Unfortunately Maryland wasn't able to create much in the final 10 minutes, with just one shot on goal that was saved.
Final: Georgetown 1-0 Maryland
After putting in a very good performance vs Wisconsin, this was a game where Maryland reverted to many of the issues that plagued them in their first few outings of the season. A lack of a cutting edge in their possession and finding the final ball. If they can do that consistently this is a very good team. If not.....we'll see more of these up and down stretches.
Maryland goes on the road on Sunday to take on Northwestern. They are now 3-4-2 on the season.