Site: College Park, Md. (Ludwig Field)
Score: High Point 0, Maryland 2
Records: High Point (2-4), Maryland (6-1)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The High Point University men’s soccer on Monday night (Sep. 20) on Ludwig Field.
Zach Haines: “It was our best performance of the season by some distance. Maryland is one of the best teams in the country and playing them away is the ultimate test. The guys put everything into it for 90 minutes and created some massive chances in the second half. Our record after six non-conference games isn’t where we all want it to be, but we have played a challenging slate that has challenged us in a big way. We have certainly progressed and the whole group knows that this has prepared us for conference play and hopefully beyond that.”
The two sides played each other evenly to start the night, in the 11th minute of play Maryland had an early opportunity to score on a break-away. Holden Trent made a kick save in a sliding effort to keep the Terps off of the board.
Maryland applied pressure offensively on the Panthers throughout the first half but High Point’s defense answered the challenge neutralizing the Terp’s chances.
In the 28th minute, Trent delivered another stunning save as he drove across the box and punched away the Terps scoring chance.
In the 38th minute, Maryland found a goal off a deflection in the box to take a 1-0 lead into the break at the half.
HPU continued to display full effort in the second half matching their energy from the first, working hard to find the equalizer.
Alex Abril nearly did in the 59th minute, as his shot came in lighting fast and was met by a strong save for the Terps to keep HPU off the board.
An injury caused a new keeper to enter the game for UMD in the 67th minute, he was greeted by a shot from Caco Fernandez.
David Greene fired an incredible shot on goal that did not score due to a herculean effort from the Maryland defense as a Terp defender leaped up and cleared Greene’s shot out hold HPU scoreless.
An own goal in the 82nd from HPU made it 2-0 for the Terps. UMD won 2-0. It was HPU’s 6th top 10 opponent since 2018 & 7th since 2017.
High Point returns home for its first Big South game of the year as HPU hosts the Blue Hose of PC on September 20th Friday night at 7:30 PM.