The Wisconsin mens soccer team earned several scoring opportunities in an exhibition game Monday night against 2002 Final Four participant Maryland, but couldnt break the Terrapin defense in the 2-0 loss. Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman felt the Badgers held their own against the Terps.
Im proud of our guys and extremely pleased, Rohrman said, They competed and battled tonight. Overall, I feel good about the effort and know our team represented Wisconsin well.
The match remained scoreless until just before halftime. In the 30th minute, Marylands A.J. Herrera opened up the Terp scoring after slotting the ball on a counterattack. Herrera, a sophomore, beat Wisconsin keeper Eric Hanson in the net to take the 1-0 lead.
Offensively, Wisconsins forwards created chances for a rally without result. Both UW freshman Pat Cronan and sophomore Jed Hohlbein posted shots on goal, while sophomore Nick Van Sicklen was denied a scored goal after the officials ruled him offsides in the second half.
Marylands Abe Thompson posted his teams second goal with just 30 seconds left in the game for the final 2-0 score.
The game marks Wisconsins second contest of a spring break trip for the team on the East Coast. An assistant coach at Maryland for seven years before accepting his position at Wisconsin last January, Rohrman worked under Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski, who was also a former teammate of Rohrman at UW-Milwaukee.
Cirovski just finished one of the best years in Maryland program history, leading the Terps to a school-record 20 wins and his second national semifinal game in five seasons. After celebrating his 10th season at Maryland last fall, Cirovski begins the 2003 season with the same team he took to the College Cup semifinals. His men's soccer team finished the season ranked third nationally with a 20-5 record after the team's eighth NCAA appearance and second conference crown under his direction. His career record is 157-87-15 (.635).
In addition to Mondays soccer match, the Badgers also toured the Pentagon earlier that day. The teams tour was one of the last before the U.S. government shut down tours due to heightened security concerns. On Tuesday, the Badgers will meet Wisconsins two state senators, Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl.
On Sunday, March 15, UW earned a 1-0 loss to Virginia Commonwealth to start the teams trip. Rohrman believes the Badgers built a strong second half against the 2002 NCAA Tournament participant Rams.
We were sluggish in the first half, he said, but in the second half, the guys played much better and really shouldve come away with the tie. I was pleased with our effort against VCU.
The Badgers complete their East Coast road trip against the American University Eagles on Wednesday, March 19 at 9 a.m. (CST). Under head coach Todd West, the Eagles built a 13-8-1 record and made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament before falling to Maryland 1-0 in the second round.