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Terps capture B1G title with win over Badgers

With over two weeks left in the regular season the Maryland men’s soccer team captured at least a share of the Big Ten regular season championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Friday night.

“That has the feel of a championship game,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Wisconsin is probably the most improved team in the country from a year ago and we knew it was going to be a tough game. After we scored the first goal, I though we could’ve scored two or three.

“When you give a team some hope and they come out in the second half with a little bit of energy, they start to believe. They sucker punched us with one fortuitous goal and one good goal. Then we had to respond. That’s why I’m so proud of my team. We started to put some pressure on, scored another set piece goal. Then, in overtime Eryk scored a great goal. We were challenged as a team and we responded. That’s part of the growth of the team over the course of the season. We showed some championship fiber today in the same game we showed a little bit of weakness.”

The No. 1 Terps have yet to be defeated this year and improved to 11-0-2 on the year and 6-0-1 in conference play. Only Michigan State can match the Terps points in the standings and would have to win all three of their remaining conference games with the Terps losing their finale at Michigan on Oct. 30. Should the Spartans lose any of their three remaining games against Big Ten opponents, or Maryland beat the Wolverines, Maryland would clinch the regular season crown on their own.

Sophomore Eryk Williamson scored the game-winner in the 98th minute of the game from eight yards out after DJ Reeves slid him the ball from the wing. Not only did that goal give Maryland their eighth-straight win and capture them at least a share of the Big Ten crown, but also completed a comeback for Maryland.

While Alex Crognale scored his first of two header goals in the 12th minute, the Badgers scored twice in the second half to take the lead before Crognale struck again to tie the game in the 88th minute, forcing overtime. Maryland was just minutes away from having the match end in a draw before Williams’s second goal of the year.

Crognlae got his head on the ball near the post off a free kick taken by Amar Sejdic. Then in the 88th minute Sedjic sent a corner kick into the box. Chris Odoi-Atsem re-directed the ball towards the far post and Crognale laid out to get the goal from point-blank range.

However, in the 64th minute Wisconsin earned a free kick off a Terp foul. Chris Mueller sent the ball to Sam Brotherton. His ensuing shot bounced off a Terp defender and into the goal. Just three minutes later Mueller sent a cross in from the win and found Mark Segbers for the score.

The regular season title is Maryland’s fourth in the last five years and eighth under Cirvoski.

Maryland will play three home non-conference games against American, Hofstra and Delaware over the next week and a half before concluding their regular season in Ann Arbor against Michigan on Sunday, October 30.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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