By Christopher Rogers-Spatuzzi
The home crowd at Ludwig Field sat waiting and hoping as Tsubasa Endoh’s corner kick went flying into the air and down into the crowd of players in front of the goal. Terps midfielder Dan Metzger was able to head it to defender Alex Crognale, who then tipped it to forward George Campbell, who subsequently headed it into the back of the net to give Maryland a 1-0 lead against visiting Ohio State.
On a chilly, windy night, the Terps celebrated their senior class before their final home game against the Buckeyes. At the end of the evening, they celebrated their seventh straight win, a 1-0 victory that put them in second place in the Big Ten.
Just like in their past few games, the Terps seemed to dominate the Buckeyes in terms of possession and pressure on the defense.
But despite their recent success, scoring eight goals over their past two games, they had trouble scoring against Ohio State. The Terps had six corner kicks and seven shots on goal going into the half, but nothing to show.
Ohio State, who had no shots in the first half, came out strong in the second half, putting pressure on the Terrapin defense for the first time in the game. The Terps kept on pushing though, coming close to scoring several times. Endoh took a shot that just missed, hitting off the crossbar above the goal, and later in the half, Metzger took a shot from 25 yards out that Buckeye goalie Alex Ivanov had to dive to save.
But it wasn’t until Campbell’s shot with 15:46 left in the game that Maryland finally broke through.
Campbell’s goal sealed a victory for the Terrapins in a game that they seemed to control in every category except goals scored.
“I thought we controlled the game from beginning to end,” Maryland head coach Sacho Cirovski said after the game. “We managed virtually every situation well today, and I thought it was a very complete performance.”
Maryland improved to 10-5-2 on the season, including 5-2-1 in the Big Ten, and moved to second place in the conference. But despite the big win, the team needs its hot streak to continue.
“It’s our first time in the Big Ten Conference and we want to finish on top of the table to give us a good spot in the tournament,” Metzger said. “So this was a big win for us, but we’re focusing on the next game for us.”
The Terrapins will close out the regular season in their next game on Wednesday at Rutgers.