The No. 7 Maryland men’s soccer team (2-0-1) had to fight until the final whistle to come away with a 2-1 victory against No. 24 Georgetown (0-3-0) on Friday night.
The Terps were awarded a late penalty after Gordon Wild was fouled in the box with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Wild’s initial shot was blocked by Hoyas goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, but the rebound fell beautifully in front of the sophomore’s feet and he casually tapped the ball into the back of the net.
Overall, the match was a very even affair. Georgetown started the game well, playing aggressively and keeping Maryland’s defense on their toes. Within a few minutes, Wild had gotten off two shots and forced a save from Marcinkowski.
The game soon opened up and heading into halftime, Maryland looked to have established control. The Terps lead on shots, with nine (three on goal), and corners with three, but had failed to convert some decent opportunities.
Georgetown came out similarly in the second half, playing high up the pitch and applying pressure from their wings.
Ten minutes in, midfielder Amar Sejdic split Georgetown’s defense, playing a well-placed through ball to Eryk Williamson and setting him up to beat the keeper from eight yards out. It was Williamson’s first goal of the season.
The Terps seemed to have established their dominance, but with six minutes left, freshman phenom Achara equalized from close range. Midfielder Matt Ledder crossed the ball across the box to the Nigerian forward where he slotted the ball into an empty net.
Instead of quieting down, Ludwig Field only got louder, encouraging the Terps to drive forward for the last few minutes. The home faithful got their wish in the 89th minute, when Wild was tripped in the box.
Three things to know
1. Gordon Wild shines once again. The sophomore transfer further justified Sasho Cirovski’s faith in him when he stepped up and calmly placed his rebound into the back of the net, after botching his initial attempt. Cirovski looks to have bagged a star.
2. Georgetown’s rough start to the season continues. The Hoyas dropped their third game in a row, losing by a margin of one goal again. Make no mistake, this is a talented team, and they gave Maryland a run for their money tonight.
3. Diego Silva was tonight’s unsung hero. Constantly being available on the wing, making runs to support play in the middle of the park, Silva put in a solid 71-minute shift tonight. Watch out for this player.