Maryland’s men’s soccer team fell short of their quest of their third national title in the past six years, losing to the Michigan Wolverines, 3-2, in double overtime in College Park, Md. Saturday afternoon.
A goal from Fabio Pereira in the 103rd minute sent the Wolverines to the College Cup in Santa Barbara, Calif., and left the Terrapins stunned after a back-and-forth game on their home turf.
The Terps opened up the scoring with a goal from Casey Townsend in the 16th minute, and took the lead into halftime. Michigan responded with two quick goals from Jeff Quijano and Justin Meram in the 49th and 59th minutes, respectively. Townsend’s partner up front, Jason Herrick, sent in a shot from about 20 yards out that went in, tying the game up in the 79th minute.
After a scoreless first overtime period, Pereira scored to win the game. Diamondback writer Chris Eckard tweeted “Collectively as the goal was scored the Terps fell to the ground shocked.”
It was a great year for this Maryland team, and it’s sad to see them go down like this. It was likely the last game as a Terp for junior goalie Zac MacMath, who has scouts from all over the world salivating at his ability in goal. We wish him the best in his professional ventures, and hope to see him in goal for the national team sooner rather than later.