Maryland’s top-ranked men’s soccer team welcomed conference rival Ohio State to Ludwig Field Friday night, and they continued their dominant season with a 2-0 win over the Buckeyes.
Maryland (9-0-2, 5-0-1 B1G) came out firing early looking to continue their five game win streak and 17-game unbeaten streak as they took on Ohio State (3-9-0, 2-3-0 B1G) at Ludwig Field on a clear Friday night.
Maryland looked sharp in their white, flag-outlined home jerseys and played how they looked. Ludwig Field was alive with chants and songs from The Crew as the Terps came into the game undefeated in their last 17 games going back into last season.
The turf was tilted towards the Ohio State goal throughout the first half as the Terps went into the break with 11 shots to the Buckeye’s two and a two goal advantage.
Maryland’s Gorden Wild opened the scoring with his tenth goal of the year 12:39 into the contest off a nifty stutter-step and put-away between the posts.
“It’s a happy feeling [being No. 1], I’m excited. I love the soccer team,” said junior biology major David Rickert, who has been coming to UMD soccer games since his freshman year.
Sebastian Elney added to the lead less than six minutes later after drilling a loose ball off the right post from 15 yards out.
Ohio State was unable to get into any sort of rhythm as Maryland pounced on loose balls and closely challenged every Buckeye for possession. The Terrapins used surgical passing to dissect Ohio State’s defense in the first half and go into the break with a two goal lead.
Pace of play slowed in the second half with the Terps content to clear balls and utilize more carful passing to protect their advantage. Maryland added only five shots to their halftime total.
Ohio State managed seven shots in the second half but only one required one save, which Maryland keeper Cody Niedermeier delivered in spectacular fashion, diving to the right corner of the goal to secure his fourth straight shutout.
“We’re having a lot of fun, when you have fun usually you play better and we’ve kinda [sic] found our stride which is awesome. Hopefully we can keep it going,” Said Niedermeier.
Maryland will play at West Virginia on Monday.
“This is an incredible team, it was a great game… seems like we’re unstoppable now. Hoping that we can keep it going,” junior computer science major Drew Metrey said.