All was going as planned when the Terrapins jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Providence, but then it all went wrong in the swirling winds at Ludwig Field. Four goals in 14
minutes gave the Friars a stunning 5-4 win.
Everything looked to be going well for Maryland, which scored its first two goals on free kicks by Gordon Wild from 30 yards and Amar Sejdic from 40 yards. Goals by D.J. Reeves and Sejdic extended the Maryland lead to 4-1.
But German Julian Gressel's second goal of the game -- and 14th of the season -- was followed by Nick Sailor's first of the season 36 seconds later from 30 yards.
The Friars tied the game on Steven Kilday's goal five minutes later and won the game on Portuguese U-19 international Joao Serrano's Olimpico in the 82nd minute.
“This one is hard to process. It’s almost too unimaginable, too unbelievable to see it unfold right before your own eyes,” said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski. “We knew this was a game that with the wind swirling, there would be a lot of crazy things happening. I didn’t imagine anything this crazy. I thought we played well. To come out in the second half and take control of the game we were in a very good spot and there were some unbelievable, incredible goals by Providence. You have to tip your hat to them, they didn’t quit."
The loss snapped a 25-match unbeaten streak and ended a 15-game winning streak. The five goals were the most for a Maryland team at home since 1993. The Terps had not allowed more than two goals in a game this season.
"It’s just a hard one to process," added Cirovski. "I feel so empty for our players, our fans who have enjoyed our spectacular season. We’ll just have to get ready for next year.”