By Timothy Ryan
The Maryland Terrapins men’s soccer team had plenty of chances to score during Friday night’s 0-0 draw with the UMBC Retrievers, but none that found their intended destination.
The #10 Terrapins out shot the #14 Retrievers 13-6 during the double-overtime contest, but could not muster a goal before the raucous Ludwig Field crowd.
“I knew at the beginning of the year that we would have some questions in terms of how we’re going to build our attack and how we’re going to finish things in our attack,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I think you saw tonight that we still have some questions.”
The crowd of 7,284 was the fourth largest in the history of Ludwig Field, and included a strong contingent of fans backing UMBC.
“It’s overwhelming at times,” sophomore goalkeeper Zack Steffen said of playing in front of the large crowd. “It’s amazing and it gives you chills – at least gives me chills.”
The Terps outshot UMBC 5-3 in the first half, but none of the shots found anything but the outside of the net.
Maryland’s best chance of the half came off of a corner from junior defenseman Mikey Ambrose with just more than five minutes left before the break.
Ambrose sent the ball to the left side of the UMBC net, where sophomore midfielder Michael Sauers out-jumped a UMBC defender for the header. But the angle was too sharp and the ball bounced off the outside of the net and out of play.
The fluttering of the net caused some Maryland fans on the far side of the field to cheer, but the cheers turned to groans as the ball rolled harmlessly out of bounds.
Maryland senior Mikias Eticha also had a breakaway with twenty minutes to play in the half, but UMBC keeper Phil Breno sprawled in front of Eticha before the midfielder could fire a shot.
Maryland took nine corner kicks in regulation, including seven in the second half, but the Terps failed to score on any of them.
“The service today was fifty-fifty,” Cirovski said. “About half the serves were very good services. We’ll take a look at the runs and we’ll take a look at maybe introducing a few other varieties.”
UMBC failed to register a shot on goal during all 110 minutes of action, and Breno needed to make six saves to keep the Retrievers in the game.
“I thought he played well,” Steffen said of Breno’s play. “He made a good couple of key saves to keep their team in it. I thought he was very solid.”
Junior midfielder Tsubasa Endoh missed the game for the Terps with a muscle strain. Endoh was Maryland’s second-leading scorer last season behind departed senior Patrick Mullins.
“I think we’ve done okay without him,” junior midfielder Mael Corboz said. “Hopefully he’ll be back for Monday night because we need to score some goals, but Tsubasa is that type of player, you kind of feed off of him, so it’s tough without him.”
Maryland travels north Monday to take on Navy at 8 p.m. at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.