The Maryland men’s soccer team continued its unbeaten run Monday night at Ludwig Field, beating San Diego 2-0.
D.J. Reeves and Amar Sejdic secured the victory for the No. 1 Terps, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games. This was their third straight shutout and fifth win in a row.
Maryland began the match sluggishly and had trouble establishing control through their build-up play. Still, the Terps remained solid at the back.
“I thought our veteran back line really stood tall today,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “They played against two hard-running forwards and had to cover a lot of ground.”
In the ninth minute, Eryk Williamson failed to capitalize on an opportunity, dribbling past the bulk of San Diego’s defense but failing to get a shot off before being closed down.
Sejdic began the sequence that lead to Maryland’s first goal in the 42nd minute. The midfielder chipped the ball up toward Jake Rozhansky, who brought it down just in time for Reeves to take it away from him. For a split second, the ball seemed to get loose in the box, but George Campbell was able to pull it back into the path of Reeves, who shot it past past San Diego goalkeeper Thomas Olsen.
The teams kept pace with each other in the first half, but the Terps led 1-0 going into the break thanks to Reeves’ first goal of the season. Both teams headed into the tunnel level on shots and corners, with two apiece.
The Terps began the second half aggressively, driving forward through their wide midfielders and forwards.
“I thought D.J. Reeves and George Campbell changed the game today,” Cirovski said. “They both came in with great energy on the attacking side of the ball.”
Campbell and Reeves ended up combining to win the penalty for Maryland in the 69th minute. Campbell dribbled into the right edge of the box, cutting by two defenders before passing to Reeves, who then got tripped in the box. Sejdic stepped up to take the penalty and coolly placed it in the bottom left corner.
Maryland ended the game with nine shots, two on goal, to San Diego’s four (two on goal). Terps goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier registered two saves on the night.
Three things to know
- D.J. Reeves will be making headlines soon. The sophomore scored his first goal of the season tonight and won the penalty that set up Sejdic. He’s still coming off the bench for now, but it won't come as a surprise if Cirovski begins to start him soon. He leads the team with five assists on the season.
- The Terps are really coming into their own defensively. It’s too early to start singing praises, but the early-season defensive lapses seem to be a thing of the past. Maryland hasn't conceded a goal since mid-September against Penn State.
- Andrew Samuels still isn't fully guaranteed a starting spot. "He's played well, and he’s [started] the last three games, so we’ll see how training goes the next few days,” Cirovski said.
The Terps play Ohio State Friday night at Ludwig Field at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on BTN.