The 6th ranked Maryland men’s soccer team lost their season opener last night, falling 4-3 in overtime to #24 Michigan State at Ludwig Field.
The Terps trailed early after an own goal. In the 16th minute, Michigan State had a breakaway down the field, and Terps’ goalie Zac MacMath ran out to try and gather the ball. Maryland defender Alex Lee caught up to the ball first, and thinking that MacMath was in goal, headed it back towards the Terps’ net. The ball floated in, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead. MSU scored early in the second half as well, and it was 2-0.
The Terps played extremely well throughout the game, but with 20 minutes left and the game still 2-0, the prospect for victory looked bleak. However, senior midfielder Doug Rodkey was taken down in the box in the 76th minute, allowing Matt Kassel to convert a penalty kick to make it 2-1.
With only a minute and a half left in the game and the score still 2-1, Matt Oduaran made an incredible pass to Kaoru Forbess, who turned sideways and scored on a horizontal scissor kick, tying the game up. Nineteen seconds later, a Kassel free kick led to a Rodkey goal, and The Crew (the men’s soccer fan club) was sent into a frenzy.
Maryland’s excitement was short-lived, however, as nine seconds later midfielder Brent Rosendall scored to tie it up at 3 and send it into overtime. The overtime period was well-matched but did not last long (in college, they play golden goal), as Domenic Barone headed in the game-winner six minutes in.
The Terps played a very good game, and won the possession and territorial battles. Rodkey did extremely well, along with defender Ethan White, who made some key plays to stop further Spartan scoring attempts. Maryland fans obviously would like a different end result, but it’s hard to complain after a performance like last night.
The Terps play their next game on Sunday, September 5th, against Northeastern at 7:00 PM.