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MM 9.4: Maryland men’s soccer drops to No. 3 in latest United Soccer Coaches poll

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Following its 2-0 defeat at the hands of No. 12 Virginia at Audi Field on Monday, Maryland men’s soccer has fallen to No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, in which it was previously the top team in the country.

The Terps struggled on both sides of the ball on Monday. They allowed 10 shots to the Cavaliers in the first half alone, which resulted in two goals. In the second half, the defense was much better, only allowing one shot — but the damage had already been done. On offense, Maryland really couldn’t get anything going — it had five total shots, four of which came in the first half.

After the loss, Maryland moves behind new No. 1-ranked Wake Forest and No. 2-ranked Indiana, making the Terps the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten. After its win on Monday, Virginia moved from No. 12 to No. 7 in the rankings.

The Terrapins’ next match will come Sept. 6 as it head across the country to Los Angeles for a clash with UCLA. The Bruins come into the match unranked and with a 1-1 record, which includes an overtime win over Northwestern and a double-overtime loss at Indiana.

In other news

The NFL season starts this week, which means this past weekend featured many roster cuts around the league. Some former Terps were affected and you can read how they fared here.

Maryland wasn’t the only Big Ten team to dominate this past weekend. Cody detailed how the rest of the conference played here.

Wes dove into why Maryland men’s soccer’s loss to Virginia isn’t as devastating as one might think.

Maryland football is now favored to beat No. 21 ranked Syracuse Saturday, as the Terps host the Orange at noon on ESPN. The Terps are currently favored over the Orange after opening as a 4.5 point underdog. The odds are ever-changing and will likely continue to change up until game time Saturday.

Head coach Mike Locksley announced Maryland football team captains for this week. After this was announced, Syracuse jumped to No. 21 in the AP Top 25.

Maryland hasn’t defeated a ranked opponent at home since 2010 when it defeated No. 23 NC State 38-31. During that game, Terps legend Torrey Smith put on a show catching 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. NC State had NFL superstar and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson at quarterback, who completed 31-60 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

Former Maryland women’s basketball player Tianna Hawkins signed a contract extension through the 2020 season with the Washington Mystics.

With the Premier Lacrosse League coming down to the wire, a number of former Terps received award nominations. Matt Rambo headlines the awards with his nomination for the Jim Brown MVP Award, but you can view the complete list here.

Los Angeles based Terps soccer fans will have an incredible opportunity Sept. 5 to meet head coach Sasho Cirovski at a happy hour in Culver City, California.

The women’s soccer team is rebounding and starting fresh this week after a rough 5-0 defeat on the road against Georgia. They host Georgia Mason tomorrow, and Mike will have a preview for that game soon.

Maryland volleyball defeated Howard 3-2 on Monday. Here are the highlights from the electric match.