Maryland men’s soccer had a third straight victory in its sights, and it was less than a minute away from accomplishing that goal. But Wisconsin scored in the 90th minute to send the game into overtime, and a goal in the 107th minute gave Maryland a 2-1 loss.
Unlike its previous six matches, Maryland (2-3-2) made sure to get out ahead early. Redshirt junior Paul Bin scored his first career goal in the seventh minute, and it gave his team a lead it held until the very end. But Michael Russell’s 90th minute goal turned sent the game into overtime, and Zach Klancnik provided the game-winner in the 107th.
Bin’s goal was the first shot of the night for either team, and it was a great one. Eric Matzelevich started the game-winning sequence by hitting William James Herve, who was making a run down the right side of the net. The freshman side-stepped his defender and passed the ball towards the middle of the box, and Bin finished it off with a right-footed strike past Dean Cowdroy.
That score set the tone, as Maryland dominated for the entirety of the opening half. The Terps had consistent opportunities to extend their lead, totaling six shots in the first 45 minutes. Amar Sejdic had two of the chances, the latter of which saw the senior in quality position to extend the lead. However, his shot was knocked away by Cowdroy, who had to make a full-extension dive.
The discrepancy between the two sides’ levels of play lessened coming out of the break, but Maryland was still in control until the last minute of the regulation.
In the 57th minute, Donovan Pines had back-to-back opportunities to use his length on a cross. His first header was saved by Cowdroy, and the subsequent rebound went astray.
The back line held strong, but the unit had a lapse in the 81st minute. Paul Bin controlled the ball on the far sideline in his own half of the field, and it was stolen away by Patrick Yim. The sophomore crossed a ball into the box, and Noah Melick was able to put some power behind a header. But St. Clair made a diving stop, keeping the Badgers off the board.
Matzelevich tried to get an insurance goal in the 85th minute, as he made a run towards the right post in an effort to beat Cowdroy. Bin found the sophomore in stride, but his hard strike was saved. A Badgers defender knocked the ball out of harm’s way, and the ensuing corner kick was off-target. The Terps didn’t know it at the time, but failing to convert that opportunity would come back to bite them.
With just a minute to go to secure its third straight victory, Maryland faltered at the worst possible moment. With just 53 seconds to go, Andrew Akindele and Michael Russell had a two-on-one scoring chance in front of St. Clair. Just a freshman, Akindele made a veteran play, passing to Russell late to ensure he beat St. Clair. The sophomore did just that, stunning the Ludwig Field crowd and sending the game into overtime.
The Terps had a chance to send the fans home happy in the 105th minute as Matzelevich made a run to the goal line and passed a ball into the box. Matt Di Rosa was in the midst of a run, but he couldn’t get his leg high enough to make contact and beat the keeper.
In the 107th minute, Klancnik was in position to convert on a cross. His initial header was saved by St. Clair, but the junior couldn’t get in front of Klancnik’s rebound. After being seconds away from winning, the Terrapins lost in heartbreaking fashion.
Three things to know
1. Maryland collapsed at the worst possible time. The Terps held a 1-0 lead into the 90th minute, and they dominated most of the way. But Wisconsin ripped a victory from the jaws of defeat, ending Maryland’s winning streak.
2. Paul Bin finally scored. The redshirt junior is known for his blazing speed, and his performance in the first couple matches of the season was one of the few bright spots of Maryland’s attack. Friday’s early goal against Wisconsin was the first of his career, and the Terps hope he can provide some more scoring going forward.
3. The back line was dominant, until it wasn’t. Maryland controlled the time of possession battle all throughout the match, and that’s a testament to the tremendous performance by the Terps’ defense. Until the fateful 90th minute, the Terps had held the Badgers to just three shots.