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PROVIDENCE FRIARS

November 20, 2016
FRIAR SHOCKER
Providence upsets No. 1 Maryland with four-goal rally


COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Julian Gressel scored twice and Joao Serrano converted the deciding goal on an “Olimpico” corner kick as Providence took a 5-4 upset win over No. 1-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Championship at Ludwig Field Sunday night.

The Friars (14-6-0), who will visit Creighton in the third round at 6 p.m. Saturday, overcame a 4-1 deficit with four goals in a 12-minute span late in the game as Serrano, former captain of Sporting Clube de Portugal’s U-19 team, broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute.

Maryland (18-1-2), which entered the game with streaks of 15 successive victories, and 25 games unbeaten (16 home wins) over a two-season span, took the lead as German striker Gordon Wild finished off a sixth-minute free kick. Four minutes later, Gressel equalized, going in alone on Cody Niedermeier after Brendan Constantine forced a turnover.

Amar Sejdic put the Terps ahead, 2-1, off a 22nd-minute free kick, the first of his two goals.

The Friars rallied, but Niedermeier stopped a high shot by Brendan Reardon and saved as Gressel again went in alone in the 35th minute.

In the 51st minute, Maryland took a two-goal lead as D.J. Reeves’ shot was cleared off the line by Nick Sailor, Sejdic finishing the rebound. In the 54th minute, Eryk Williamson upped the advantage to 4-1.

Gressel, a former German Regionalliga player, sparked the Friars’ rally with a 70th-minute goal off a Serrano corner, finishing the rebound as Niedermeier saved, his 14th goal of the season. Sailor cut the deficit to 4-3 seconds later off a long shot just inside the far post from the wing. Steven Kilday equalized with his first collegiate goal in the 75th minute, finishing from outside the penalty area off a Danny Griffin deflected shot. Serrano then sent a corner into the far side of the net.

This was the first time the Friars have scored at least five goals on the road since a 6-1 win over Sacred Heart Aug. 29, 2003.

   
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