Maryland holds own against England’s best in UK trip
Maryland’s men’s soccer team spent spring break across the pond training and playing with some of the biggest clubs in the world and based on the scorelines from their games with youth teams the defending College Cup finalists held their own.
The Terps held a youth squad for Manchester United to a scoreless draw, lost to Tottenham’s youth side 2-0 and finally found their scoring touch in a 3-3 draw with a Crystal Palace developmental team.
Players also soaked up the opportunity to train with the clubs they visited and take in some critical late season Premier League matches while they were there.
While college teams back home weren’t sharing the pitch with clubs with quite the history of a Manchester United or Tottenham, several programs continued a slate of tough games against professional counterparts.
Louisville opened their spring season hosting North American Soccer League newcomer Indy Eleven and held them to a 2-2 draw behind goals by Nolan Moore and Will Vitalis. You can see highlights from the match HERE.
Creighton’s first spring game ended with the same scoreline against NASL side Minnesota United on Saturday. Fabian Herbers and Marvin Iskra chipped in goals for the Bluejays who will be looking to rebound this fall from a disappointing end to their 2013 campaign.
Tyler Engel scored and Raby George converted from the penalty spot to pace North Carolina in a 2-2 draw to NASL club Carolina Railhawks. Former Tar Heel Enzo Martinez had a brace for the Railhawks in that one.
In another pro team/college friendly that ended with a 2-2 scoreline, Charlotte drew their local USL PRO club Charlotte Eagles 2-2 behind goals from Monbo Bokar and Kyle Parker on Tuesday. The Eagles lost 1-0 a day earlier to NC State.
SMU got a late goal from Brody Hickey to draw USL PRO newcomer Oklahoma City Energy 1-1 on Saturday. Harrisburg City Islanders drew Navy 1-1 on Sunday after beating Penn State 3-1 on Saturday. Their cross state rivals Pittsburgh Riverhounds beat Duquesne 1-0 on Saturday after beating Pitt 2-0 and Robert Morris 5-2 earlier in the week. The Rochester Rhinos got the better of Cornell in a 1-0 win Sunday. Rochester Rhinos beat Virginia 3-0 on Sunday (you can see highlights of the game HERE).
Michigan State was on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline against the Columbus Crew on Sunday morning. Adam Montague chipped in the Spartans’ lone goal. Omaha fell 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids Reserves on Sunday with Mark Moulton finding the back of the net for the Mavs.
Georgetown opened their spring slate with a convincing 3-0 victory over Temple on Saturday behind goals from Alex Muyl, Brandon Allen and Brett Campbell.
Notre Dame split a pair of games on Saturday, losing to Michigan 1-0 before beating Oakland 2-1. More important for Irish fans than the scoreline was Vince Ciciarelli finding the back of the net. Ciciarelli, you may remember, broke his collarbone in the College Cup in December.