Maryland Mens soccer continues to struggle as postseason looms
Maryland Lost their third straight game Tuesday night against VCU. All of the losses have come at home at Ludwig Field. The downward trend has been ugly for the Terps, as they have now been held scoreless for 275 straight minutes of play during this, their first three game losing streak since 2004.
None of this is to say Maryland didn’t have any chances, rather the opposite. While the Rams dominated on the scoreboard, the Terrapins controlled possession for most of the game. Unfortunately, chance after meaningful chance fell by the wayside as the game went on. The closest chances all came from junior forward Sebastian Elney, who fired hard shots off near post not once but twice in the 18th and 76th minutes. Elney actually found the back of the net in the 83rd minute with a cheeky back heel flick that got by a diving keeper, but he was whistled for being offside and the goal was disallowed.
VCU was paced by Brazilian Forward Rafael Santos, who controlled the offense for the rams. Santos scored two of the Rams’ goals, one in the 22nd minute and one in the 45th. He also added an assist Francesco Amorosino in the 52nd minute. VCU was able to score so much likely due to a severely depleted back line for the Terps. Maryland had already missed defender George campbell for the past two losses, but with defensive leader Donovan Pines out with a concussion, the inexperienced back line was exposed by the seasoned strikers for the Rams.
Maryland will look to get back to its winning ways this Sunday at 4pm at Ludwig when it hosts unranked Michigan to close out the regular season.