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Terps advance to 3rd-straight Big Ten title game

Gordon Wild scored his 16th goal of the season to help Maryland advanced to a third-straight Big Ten title game.

Gordon Wild scored his 16th goal of the season to help Maryland advanced to a third-straight Big Ten title game.

The No. 1 Maryland men’s soccer team was pitching a shutout until the 86th minute against fourth-seeded Michigan State before an error cost them an own goal, but the late mistake had no ill-effect on the game for the Terps as they advanced to the Big Ten Championship game for the third-straight year with a 2-1 victory. It will be Maryland’s fifth-straight tournament championship game including two from when they were still in the ACC.

Maryland scored both of their goals before the Spartans pushed numbers forward while playing catch-up. In the 17th minute Jake Rozhansky was deep in the box, but with defenders around, he smartly played the ball back to Gordon Wild and the stud sophomore ripped a shot from the top of the box to the far right post for his 16th goal of the season.

The Spartans were able to match Maryland’s four shots in the first half, but Terps senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier and Maryland’s senior-laden back line played a tight defense that stuffed their every run at the goal.

In the second half, the Terps played a much better defense by possession and out-shot the Spartans 11-2 after the intermission.

The constant pressure they were creating sprung another goal in the 61st minute when Amar Sedjic converted a free kick to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.

In the 86th minute Niedermeier’s only mistake of the game cost him a clean sheet, as he punched a ball into the very goal he was defending, but it did not cost the Terps anything else. The defense was playing too well and the offense was holding onto possession to lift Maryland into the title game.

Maryland will play the Wisconsin Badgers in the championship game. Wisconsin is ranked 18th nationally but were just the seventh-seed in the tournament before surprising both Ohio State (3-0) and topping second-seeded Indiana in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.

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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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