The Maryland men’s soccer team pulled out a late 2-1 victory Tuesday night in Piscataway against Rutgers off of Jake Rozhansky’s double overtime goal.
Rozhansky, a junior transfer from Virginia, finally broke through for Maryland with his fourth shot on goal in the 103rd minute. Sebastian Elney’s initial attempt was saved, but the ball fell to Rozhansky’s feet and the midfielder fired it into the roof of the net to keep Maryland’s undefeated season alive.
Gordon Wild slotted home to give the No. 4 Terps (4-0-2) the lead in the sixth minute, after Maryland was gifted an early penalty for a foul at the edge of the box. It was his sixth goal this season in as many games.
The Scarlet Knights (0-5-0) tied it up in the 27th minute with their first shot of the game. Dante Perez repossessed the ball at the top of the box after a failed clear from Terps midfielder Amar Sejdic off of a Rutgers corner, and the junior forward rifled a dipping shot over the outstretched arm of Cody Niedermeier to equalize. Perez’s goal was Rutgers’ first goal of the season.
Maryland dictated the gameplay for the entirety of the match, controlling possesion from the outset and outshooting the home team 22-2, with 12 shots on goal compared Rutgers’ one, and led 7-2 on corners.
The Terps endured a late scare in the 89th minute when junior midfielder Jason Wright put what looked to be the game-winner past Niedermeier, but the goal was later called back for a penalty.
While the result was fair, the scoreline did not accurately reflect what happened on the pitch. Rutgers goalkeeper David Greczek kept the Scarlet Knights in the game for the full 103 minutes, totalling eight saves on the night.
For the second straight game, the Terps were forced into overtime. Unlike Friday’s 1-1 draw against No. 3 Indiana, Maryland was able to come away with a result.
Three things to know
- The centerback pairing of Alex Crognale and Donovan Pines is legimately scary. Both listed at 6’5, Crognale and Pines are the two of the tallest members on this team; after Diego Silva went off injured and Dainkeh was shifted out to the flank, we got to see what the commentators dubbed “the fortress” tonight, and it was great. Let’s hope Cirovski pairs these two ball-playing centerbacks more often as the season goes on.
- Two words: Gordon. Wild. The Big Ten leading scorer not only added to his tally again, but he continues to impress with his intelligent play and movement off the ball. He was the main outlet tonight on the counter-attack and constantly threatened Rutgers’ defense with his incisive passes. Also, his shooting technique is impeccable.
- Eryk Williamson’s return to the lineup. Cirovski utilized Williamson in midfield earlier this season, but he returned to his forward role tonight. The Terps had looked tired against Indiana, but with Williamson’s pace and play off Elney and Wild, they were back to their energetic ways.
Maryland continues conference play on Sunday against Penn State at 5 p.m on BTNPlus.