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No. 3 Terps edge UMBC with two late goals, 3-1

No. 3 Maryland was stuck in a close game against rising in-state rival UMBC but was able to score two late goals to get the 3-1 victory.

Last season, coming off an NCAA tournament berth, UMBC hosted the University of Maryland and looked to get a statement victory but they came up short in overtime in a 4-3 thriller that has just about everything a soccer fan could ask for. This year, the two teams matched that excitement but once again Maryland, ranked No. 3 in the nation going into the game, topped an undefeated UMBC squad, 3-1.

But the final score did not show how close and tough the game truly was. The only thing that separated the two teams at halftime was an own goal by the Retrievers and they came back from in the 62nd minute but eventually the Terps scored two late goals to clinch the victory.

“We expected a tough game and we got on. UMBC deserves a lot of credit for their effort, their competitiveness and their organization,” said Head Coach Sasho Cirovski. “I thought they gave us a great challenge tonight. In the end, we found a way to respond to that challenge and I’m proud of our guys for their resolve.”

As a competitor who wants to win every game UMBC’s Head Coach Pete Caringi said he does not believe in moral victories but he said based on how talented Maryland is and how young his team is “I thought we gave about as good an effort as we could and to have them 1-1 in the second half, we basically had them where we wanted them. I am proud of how we fought back and how hard we played.”

Maryland took an early lead at 16:59 when a Retriever defender headed the ball in his own goal while trying to clear away a free kick to put UMBC behind. Other than that one mishap, however, the two teams played very tough defense with only six shots coming in the first half. Maryland took four of them and led 3-1 in shots on goal.

With 28 minutes remaining in the game UMBC tied things up when Milo Kapor took a corner kick from the left side and found the head of junior midfielder Kadeem Dacres, who bumped it in from 11-yards out into the right side of the goal. The goal was the first f Dacres’ NCAA career and the fifth assist of the season for Kapor. He has assisted every goal the team has scored this season.

But the tie was short lived. With 19:42 left to play Patrick Mullins headed in a goal from nine-yards out and then doubled their advantage when junior forward Jake Pace scored with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game.

“Our depth and versatility showed once again,” Cirovski said. “We got pushed a little tonight and we responded very well. So it’s on to the next one.”

Sophomore defender Oumar Ballos nearly added another goal for UMBC in the 83rd minute but Maryland keeper Jordan Tatum redirected the shot away from the goal to preserve the 3-1 victory.

The Terps remain undefeated on the year, improving to 4-0-1, while UMBC lost their first game after winning back-to-back games as their record drops to 2-1-2.

Caringi also said the game has to be used as a learning experience because “the speed of the game was as quick as any game we had and [Maryland Assistant Coach] Brian Rowland told me they play teams in the top-25 and this has been the toughest game they had. We’ll learn from it. I think what you really learn is how quick you have to move the ball, how much discipline you have to have and it’s a really young team for the most part trying to learn how to play at the Division I level so I have to be really proud of how they competed against the No. 3 team n the country on their field.”

Caringi’s biggest concern is his back line. Senior defender Liam Paddock has been battling injuries all season, missed a few, and has sidelined in the second half and that has left the coach shuffling players in and out to find the best combination. He did say he thought they played well in the first half but the speed of the game wore them down and eventually they made mistakes but he hopes his young group of players will learn from it that “all it takes is one second and that mistake will cost you.”

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