Maryland soccer team ties No. 1-ranked Virginia, 2-2


COLLEGE PARK -- There was no celebration. No high-fives or hugs. Some Maryland players even came off the field with their heads sagging.

And that was after the fifth-ranked Terps had tied top-ranked and four-time defending national champion Virginia, 2-2, before 2,550 in their first game at new Ludwig Field.

"I'm happy we came back in overtime," said Shane Dougherty (Fallston), Maryland's leading scorer. "It's just I know we can play better."

Dougherty boosted Maryland in overtime, scoring from 23 yards out with 2:57 remaining to tie the score at 2 on a makeshift play.

Surrounded by three defenders, Dougherty tried to break free by pushing the ball ahead of him. But he tripped himself up with the ball and decided to shoot at an opening at the far left post.

That goal allowed the Terps to end a five-game losing streak to the Cavaliers, who had won 17 of the previous 18 meetings.

"Virginia really respected our players because they were actually defending us out there," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "There's no shame in tying Virginia. Both teams will get better and will be heard from at the end of the year."

Maryland (3-0-1, 0-0-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) allowed Virginia to control the ball for most of the first half. After halftime, the Terps started to regain some rhythm.

Maryland took a 1-0 lead at the 49-minute mark when Tod Herskovitz headed in a throw-in from R. T. Moore. It's the third time this season that the Terps have scored off a throw-in.

Virginia tied the game when Billy Walsh scored on one-on-one against junior goalkeeper Russell Payne (Glenelg) midway through the second half.

The Cavaliers (2-0-1, 0-0-1) appeared to put the game away seven minutes into overtime on a goal by Mike Fisher.

"I think it did take a lot out of us right then," Dougherty said. "But we showed some character coming back. Most teams just die in those situations."

Virginia coach Bruce Arena wasn't pleased about tie because he believed the Cavaliers outplayed the Terps.

"The goal [that tied the game] was a breakdown and we shouldn't have allowed him to take that shot," Arena said. "You have to give Maryland credit. They were back on their heels the entire game and didn't break."

Virginia 0 1 1 0 -- 2

Maryland 0 1 1 0 -- 2

Goals: V--Walsh, Fisher; M--Dougherty, Herskovitz. Assists: V--Fisher, Shapowal, Feary; M--Moore. Saves: V--Peters 1; M--Payne 4.

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