Despite its win streak being snapped by Rutgers on Sunday, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is still unbeaten in its last six home games and will try to keep that streak going on Saturday against No. 20 Maryland..
For the first time since 2011, the Scarlet and Gray have won five consecutive games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“We know we’re hard to beat at home,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “I hope we can come out and give everything we have and stay concentrated.”
The Buckeyes’ confidence level is still at an all-time high despite their loss against Rutgers because members of the team said they are proud of how the team played in the defeat.
“We lost but we played well,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So there’s a lot of positives to take and it’s going to be a tough game Saturday, but we will be prepared.”
The Scarlet and Gray have not yet beaten the Terrapins, as Maryland leads the all-time series 3-0. Therefore, the Buckeyes are aware of what kind of team they will be facing on Saturday night.
“Every time you play Maryland you know you’re going to get a great team to play against and you really have to come out and bring it all because any chance they get they’re going to make the most of it,” Jensen said. “You can’t give up any easy goals and you have to put up any chance you get.”
Doyle said Maryland is traditionally one of the best teams in the nation. He said that the Terrapins are an attacking and very physical team.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Maryland defeated No. 17 Washington in a 1-0 shutout victory on Friday at Ludwig Field to improve its record to 7-4-4.
Maryland is led by Sebastian Elney with six goals and two assists, followed by Mael Corboz with two goals and eight assists.
In goal, redshirt junior Cody Niedermeier has played about 1,174 minutes this season. He holds a goals-against average of 0.84 and a total of 39 saves on the season.
The Buckeyes are set to host their final regular-season game against Big Ten opponent and rival Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.