Maryland Terrapins Soccer Opens Big Ten Tournament


Dec 15, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Maryland Terrapins midfielder Tsubasa Endoh (31) kicks the ball past Notre Dame Fighting Irish midfielder Connor Klekota (3) during the first half of the division I championship soccer game at PPL Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

As the Maryland Terrapins football team heads toward the end of a disappointing year, and men’s basketball gets ready to open the season ranked #3 in the county, the men’s soccer team opens Big Ten Tournament play at home on Sunday afternoon. In 2014, UMD won the Big Ten Tournament title and its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Maryland Terrapins soccer has been one of the most successful of the athletic programs at the University in recent years. It was just two seasons ago that they played against Notre Dame for the national championship. The Terps have been in the final NCAA round-of-16 a total of 17 times over the past 21 years — the best in the USA.

The 2015 soccer season has been a success, though not at the level as in 2013. The Terps are currently ranked #35 in the county, but finished off the regular season with a great win over #16 Rutgers this past week. Two goals were scored by freshman Eryk Williamson, who was named the Big Ten Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week. These were the first career goals for the native of Alexandria, VA.

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The Terps have a current overall record of 8-5-4, with a B1G record of 3-2-3. In tournament seeding, they are the #3 seed and will host #6 Michigan at 1:00 at Ludwig in College Park. Maryland and Michigan played a scoreless, double overtime game in their one previous meeting on September 11th.

Fans can follow the game with the team’s Twitter feed …

The top seed in the tournament is Ohio State, with Indiana as the #2 seed. If the Terps are able to prevail on Sunday, they will meet the Indiana/Wisconsin winner next Friday. The finals will be next Sunday.

There is not a great deal of separation between these teams and programs, so perhaps Coach Sasho Cirovski can work his magic again and lead the Terps deep into playoff competition.

UPDATE >>  The Terps advance with a 5-2 win! Goals by Elney, Williamson, Sejdic, Crognale, and Odoi-Atsem.  Indiana University beat Wisconsin 1-0, and so the Terps will be playing Indiana on Friday.