Cirovski preaches unity ahead of No. 12 Maryland men’s soccer bounce back opportunity

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The Maryland Terrapins, coming off of a second frustrating result in Madison, come back home to Ludwig Field needing a result to get back onto par.

Coming off a 1-0 loss to the Badgers in Madison and a scoreless draw at home against a stingy Rutgers side, Sasho Cirovski and his players have shown a lack of understanding between midfield and forward players in their new three-back formation, and are in a two-game goal drought. Despite the drought, Cirovski stresses the importance of those relationships and staying a unit as opposed to playing as individuals.

“Individuals finish off the goals, but teams create the goals,” he said.

There is good spirit flowing through training despite the disappointing results. The Terps have an outstanding record on Friday nights at Ludwig over the past few years, and Cirovski believes the Friday night Ludwig lights is the way to get the Terps back on track.

“Our place happens to be very special, and we are looking forward to getting the students back and looking forward to a great night,” said Cirovski.

Senior midfielder Brayan Padilla agrees that the atmosphere will be key to getting the team back on track.

“The Crew really does its part. They really motivate us, and they put fear into the other team.” 

Padilla urges students and the community to come out for the game and give the support that usually comes with a Friday night lights game.

“We really need the support for this one, another Big Ten game, and it will really help us mentally.” 

The Terps’ last loss on a Friday night in front of fans came in late September of 2019 against none other than Northwestern, and the Terps look to avoid a third game without a win for the first time since 2018.

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