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Maryland men’s soccer falls in overtime at Michigan, 2-1

The Terps’ winning streak ends in sudden death.

maryland men’s soccer Gabe Fernandez | Testudo Times

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Maryland being matched up with Michigan State instead of Michigan to start the Big Ten tournament.

Maryland men’s soccer’s regular season is over, and it ends on a sour note. Despite tying the score late in the second half, the Terps fell to Michigan just 33 seconds into overtime, 2-1.

Jack Hallahan was all over the field for Michigan on Sunday. In the 34th minute, his cross found the head of Donovan Pines, who scored a rare own-goal to give the Wolverines the lead. And in overtime, he scored immediately on a breakaway to avoid giving the Terrapins any chance at earning a comeback victory.

The teams traded shots back and forth in the first half, and each side tallied four shots on goal in the period. Hallahan registered two for Michigan, failing to beat Dayne St. Clair each time. Hallahan’s time to shine was coming, but it wouldn’t be on a shot. The forward was in the box in good position to receive a cross, but the ball that came into him was well off-target. Hallahan took the ball to the corner of the field, squared up Matt Di Rosa, and made a quick move towards the goal line before crossing it in.

Noah Kleedtke was making a run, and he was ready to knock the ball in when he raised his right foot. But he mistimed the kick, and the ball instead found Pines. In attempting to knock the ball out of bounds for a corner, he inadvertently beat his own goalkeeper to give Michigan the lead.

Maryland had its chances to tie the score early in the second half, but its shooting was markedly less efficient than it was before the break. Amar Sejdic tried to make something happen in the 66th minute, cutting across the field towards the right corner of the box before ripping a shot on goal. However, Mashburn made a diving stop to keep the Wolverines ahead for the time being.

The Terrapins continued to rack up a ton of shots, and in the 78th minute, they finally saw a positive result of their hard labor. Eli Crognale crossed a corner into the box, and Sebastian Elney rose above the defense to get off a header. He miscalculated the shot, as the ball went straight into the grass before bouncing up off the crossbar. But fortunately for Maryland, it deflected straight to the right foot of Brett St. Martin, who rocketed a one-timer past Mashburn and into the back of the net. The freshman’s first career goal could not have come at a better time, tying the score in a vitally important game.

That goal jump-started the offense, as Maryland dominated the play from that point on. Despite having a few scoring chances, they couldn’t find the back of the net in the next 12 minutes as the match headed to overtime for the seventh time this season.

Overtime didn’t last long, as Hallahan decided to end the match as quick as possible. The junior scored on a breakaway just 33 seconds in to give Michigan the win.

Three things to know

1. Brett St. Martin came up clutch. Amar Sejdic leads the team with five goals, but Maryland’s offense has been an ensemble effort as the regular season reaches its conclusion. That stayed true on Sunday, as St. Martin, who had just one shot on goal on four attempts entering the match, scored his first career goal to tie the score late in the second half.

2. Dayne St. Clair was terrific, until he wasn’t. He didn’t allow Michigan to score all day until overtime, making six saves in the process. And a good amount of them weren’t easy—he was the final line of defense and went above and beyond to keep Maryland in the game. But on the shot that mattered most, he couldn’t make a stop, and Maryland was sent packing with a loss.

3. Maryland will face Michigan State. Despite being ranked all season, the Spartans will be the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten. Michigan has a better goal differential than Michigan State (+5 vs. +4), so the Wolverines receive the No. 3 seed. That means that Maryland will head to East Lansing next Sunday for the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Earlier this season, the Terps fell at home to the Spartans, 2-0.