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Terps survive Michigan, advance to B1G semis

George Campbell notched the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute against Michigan.

George Campbell notched the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute against Michigan.

In the 103rd minute, junior George Campbell scored the game-winning goal to live the top-ranked Maryland men’s soccer team past the eight-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Big Ten tournament.

It was Maryland’s third-straight double overtime game. Coincidentally all three have resulted in 3-2 victories and the last two have come against the Wolverines, but the undefeated Terps continue to find ways to be victorious in the tough games.

“We seem to have a flare for the dramatic this year. I love my team’s resiliency but I’m a little frustrated that we’re making games this interesting,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Full kudos to Michigan tonight. To come out after playing yesterday with this much energy and to make this game into a dog fight, I have to give them full marks and full credit.”

Michigan beat Rutgers 2-1 on Saturday night at Ludwig Field to advance into the quarterfinals.

Maryland out-shot Michigan 13-4, but the Wolverines made their few attempts count as best they could. Maryland sandwiched a Wolverines goals in the first half. Out of Michigan scored again to tie the game and played a tight defense to force the game into the extra sessions.

In the 30th minute Gordon Wild sent a dangerous cross into the box. A Michigan defender misplayed the ball on his attempted clear and put the Terps on the board with an own goal.

Michigan knotted up the score in the 42nd minute when Tyler Anderson scored on a feed from Larsa Eckenrode, but the Terps quickly got back ahead just two minutes later when DJ Reeves scored his second goal of the season off a great ball played by senior defender Chris Odoi-Atsem.

Maryland took the 2-1 lead into halftime, but despite out-shooting the Wolverines 8-1 in the second half they were unable to score again. Michigan’s only shot in the second half counted, however. In the 51st minute Francis Athuahene got his head on a ball sent in from the corner and beat Terps senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier to the near post to level the score.

For the second time in seven days, Maryland and Michigan would head to overtime. Neither team could get a shot off in the first overtime period, though Maryland did have the lone corner kick of the frame. But in the 103rd minute Wild slipped Campbell the ball and from eight yards out he drilled it into the goal to advance the Terps into the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

Maryland will play Michigan Stat on Friday in the semifinals in Indianapolis.

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