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Wisconsin soccer struggles with No. 11 Maryland in annual "PAC the MAC"

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MADISON, Wis. (UW Men's Soccer) -- Sophomore forward Tom Barlow scored his first goal of the season, but it was not enough to help the Wisconsin men’s soccer team hang with No. 11 Maryland, as the Terps earned a 4-1 road win at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Sunday. 

In front of 1,937 fans, the Badgers (2-6-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) played a relatively even game in terms of shots with UMD holding just a 12-9 advantage. But UW was only able to produce two shots on goal compared to seven by the Terps.

"The crowd was awesome. Having this many people for warm-ups really pumped us up," senior team captain Drew Conner said. "I think it was probably one of our biggest attendances since I've been here in my four years.

"Maryland is a good team and you've got to give them credit for that performance. I don't think they were that many goals better than us. Still, I definitely think it's a reality check. Playing a top-ranked team like that, we got exposed in a lot of areas and we know what we need to work on in training."

The game got underway with a wild first eight minutes, as Sebstian Elney got things started for the Terps (4-2-3, 1-0-2). Just over a minute into the game, Elney capitalized on a defensive mistake by the UW backline and scored far post. Eryk Williamson and Amar Sejdic were credited with the assists. 

Maryland quickly extended its early lead to 2-0 in the sixth minute. Mel Corboz scored high from 25 yards out for off the second assist of the game for Williamson. 

The early scoring continued, this time for the Badgers in the eighth minute. Sophomore forward Barlow beat the keeper high and found the back of the net for the first time on the year off an assist from fellow sophomore forward Mark Segbers, which cut into UMD’s lead and made it 2-1. 

“It feels good,” Barlow said of his first goal of the season. “I know it was a little bit of a drought in the beginning of the season, but to finally get one in the back of the net feels good. Hopefully it starts to keep rolling.” 

The Terps added one more goal before the halftime break, as Alex Crognale scored in the 28th minute with a flick past the keeper that gave UMD a 3-1 lead. Corboz was credited with the assist. 

Elney scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season in the 51st minute on a header that arched up and over the reach of UW goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk for the score, making it 4-1. 

Remeniuk finished the game with three saves. 

Despite trailing 4-1, Wisconsin kept up its fight through the remainder of the game. In the 72nd minute the Badgers earned a free kick that nearly led to a goal by Anders Kristensen, but his low-lining blast was blocked. UW followed with two corner kicks, the first of which led to another dangerous ball in the box, but Maryland was able to hold defensively. 

Wisconsin concludes a three-game homestand at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Wednesday when it hosts in-state rival Green Bay for a 7 p.m. CT match.

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