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Men's Soccer: Terps top Washington 1-0

Maryland welcomed the Huskies to Ludwig in need of a victory.

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The topsy-turvy nature of Maryland's season would seem to indicate that the Terps would be in line for a win tonight. They have exchanged wins and losses, or ties all season long. So following two without a win, perhaps tonight would be the Terps night. It certainly would be needed, as this team needs to get some positive momentum and confidence going ahead of two key Big Ten conference games against Ohio State and Rutgers over the next two weeks. Maryland did come through with the win tonight, downing Washington 1-0.

First Half

The opening ten minutes of the contest were relatively tight and close, with one shot apiece for both sides, neither on goal. The game opened up a little bit following this, with Maryland growing into the ascendancy a bit. They earned the second corner of the match - the first came for UMD in minute two - and Sebastian Elney had the first shot on goal, which was saved by Ryan Herman. They had multiple other efforts, but all three were blocked as a terrific UW defense was doing a good job of staying structurally strong and getting bodies in front of shots.

Another big chance fell to the Terps in the 26th minute, as Eryk Williamson hit a stinging effort across goal, but Herman was able to dive to his left and push it away. Williamson forced another save out of Herman not even a minute later, but again the UW keeper - who I highlighted as one of the best in the nation in my preview - was up to the task.

Maryland kept the pressure up near the close of the half, with Mael Corboz having a shot from distance saved by Ryan Herman. A few minutes later, a good cross into the box set up Williamson with an opportunity, but he headed over the bar and the threat was over.

Despite all the Terps pressure and high quality chances they created, they just couldn't find a way to put the ball in the back of the net, and at halftime the match was all square.

Halftime: Maryland 0-0 Washington

Second Half

The early going of the second half saw Washington work themselves into the match for the first time. They earned their first corner of the night and Henry Wingo had two shots go wide. But the pressure wouldn't pay off for the Huskies, as it was the Terps who got the opening tally of the evening.

Chris Odoi-Atsem got forward from the back down the wing, and crossed the ball into the box looking for Sebastian Elney. The ball never made it to Elney though, as a Washington defender tried to cut the ball out, but instead turned it into the back of his own net. Maryland led 1-0 after 52 minutes.

It's said that goals change games, and this appeared to be the case. While they had come out of the halftime break a little bit sluggish, the Terps roared into life after the goal, with multiple shots for Elney and Amar Sejdic, and Tsubasa Endoh also had an effort that was saved by Ryan Herman.

Relentless attacking from Maryland wasn't just restricted to immediately after the goal, as they continued to assert themselves midway through the final half. Amar Sejdic had a shot saved by Ryan Herman, and Tsubasa Endoh was all over the field, getting numerous chances, including a great opportunity of a Corboz corner kick. The ball fell right into his path after pinballing around, he stepped into it, but ripped one high over the bar.

The pace of the game slowed in the final twenty minutes, but chances continued to come for the Terps. Unfortunately they weren't able to beat Herman and give themselves some breathing room.

Maryland wouldn't need the insurance though, as they held the 1-0 lead all the way through 90 minutes, and nabbed a crucial victory.

Final: Maryland 1-0 Washington

Many of the issues that have plagued the Terps throughout this year did again here. They got plenty of shots, and plenty of chances, but couldn't take them. They did get a goal though, and yes, it was an own goal but it doesn't really matter how they get it. They got it. And they kept a clean sheet to boot. Maryland needs wins right now, and they got one here.

Now it's on to Big Ten play, and the team on top of the conference standings, the Ohio State Buckeyes, next Saturday in Columbus.