Dec 13, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Maryland Terrapins midfielder Tsubasa Endoh (31) slides after the ball in the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers at PPL Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Maryland men’s soccer continued their winning streak on Saturday night, pushing the total to five games in a row. Freshman George Campbell scored his first regular season goal of his career, Jereme Raley and Mael Corboz added second half goals as Maryland won 3-1. The Terps outshot Santa Clara 12-5 on the night, and controlled the game despite allowing a goal in the final eight minutes.
George Campbell has had an up and down freshman year at Maryland. The Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland last year came to College Park with high expectations. He was placed in the starting eleven at the beginning of the season, but was dropped from the starting eleven after the team got off to slow start. Campbell didn’t start on Saturday, but he was still able to make an impact as a substitute with his only shot of the night being the opening goal. Junior defender Mikey Ambrose provided the assist for Campbell.
Sophomore Jereme Raley has been part of a steady defensive back line, and has provided offense on the right side of the field. On Saturday night, Raley broke through and scored his first goal of the season. Raley had been knocking on the door for a couple of games, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net until Saturday. The goal came off a corner kick with Tsubasa Endoh and David Kabelik receiving credit for the assist. Endoh continues to provide a spark for the offense after being sidelined with an injury early in the season.
Rutgers transfer and former AAC Freshman of the Year, Mael Corboz, continues a great first year at Maryland. Corboz scored his team leading sixth goal of the season on Saturday. The goal came six minutes after Raley’s goal was another set piece goal. Mael Corboz scored from twenty five yards out on a free kick, which brings his total to five goals off of set pieces. Maryland shows once again how dangerous they can be when they are rolling. The three goals came in a twenty minute span, with six minutes between the second and third goal.
Unfortunately, Zack Steffen wasn’t able to record another clean sheet. Santa Clara got one goal back in the eighty second minute. Haru Kent scored his first goal of the season for Santa Clara, who now drop to 5-6-3 on the season. Maryland improved their record to 8-5-2.
Maryland’s next opponent, Ohio State, defeated Rutgers on Saturday night 4-1. The Buckeyes picked up a critical three points to move ahead of Maryland and Michigan State for second place in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State now has twelve points, while Maryland has ten points, and both teams have two games left to play in conference. Saturday will be an intense game between Ohio State and Maryland with both teams needing the full three points to stay in the running for first place.
Before the showdown against Ohio State, both teams will play a non-conference game. Maryland host Hartwick on Tuesday at 7:00pm, while Ohio State will host Kentucky Tuesday night as well. Ohio State currently has a 7-5-3 record, but has played well in conference, with a 4-2-0 conference record. Yianni Sarris and Liam Doyle lead the Buckeyes attack with five goals each. Doyle scored on Saturday night against Rutgers, and Sarris had an assist.
Maryland Starters vs Santa Clara
GK: Zack Steffen
Def: Alex Crognale, Mikey Ambrose, Jereme Raley, Chris Odoi-Atsem
Mid: Michael Sauers, Dan Metzger, Mael Corboz, Tsubasa Endoh
For: Alex Shinsky, Mikias Eticha
Goals: Campbell (1) – 58′; Raley (1) – 72′; Corboz (6) – 78′