Campbell’s golden goal prevents Terps’ early tournament exit

Sebastian Elney
Photo by Lauren Anikis

The University of Maryland men’s soccer team continued its winning ways as forward George Campbell’s golden goal in double overtime moved the Terps past University of Michigan and into the semifinals.

After clinching the regular season Big Ten title, the Terps secured the number one overall seed in the tournament and faced Michigan, the winner of the play-in game vs. Rutgers University, again for the second time in a row.

However the number eight-seeded Michigan did not play like the seed they were given, as they would have been up 1-0 late in the first half had it not been for an own goal given up by the Wolverines about 30 minutes into the game.

The Terps quickly tied things up after the Michigan equalizer from a picture perfect offensive possession. D.J. Reeves found himself wide open after Chris Odoi-Astem drew multiple Wolverine defenders and passed it to a wide open Reeves for a goal. The Terps took this lead into the second half, but gave it up five minutes after the whistle blew for play to start again.

The Wolverines and the Terps went back and forth the whole second half; despite Maryland creating many more chances to score, they couldn’t get one of their eight shots to find the back of the net.

These missed chances led the Big Ten opponents into overtime, which was more of a defensive battle with both sides presumably feeling exhausted after running for 90 minutes. Neither side got a single shot off in this period.

But then the Terps decided enough was enough, as they mustered up enough strength and endurance for one final offensive attack.

Maryland had possession in the Michigan end and it was a simple 1, 2, 3.

  1. Alex Crongale passes to George Campbell.
  2. Campbell evades a Michigan defender with a quick turn after the pass.
  3. Campbell fires a quick shot along the ground near-post that beats Braden Horton.

Maryland obviously didn’t want to have this first round of play come this close, but this could serve as a welcome wake up call for the number one team in the country.

The semifinals will be held on Friday with a time still to be announced. The Terps beat the Michigan State Spartans earlier this year 2-0 back on Sept. 23.

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