Tech (7-1-4, 1-0-3 ACC) earned its fourth tie of the season to extend the school's longest unbeaten streak to 11 matches, going 7-0-4 since Sept. 2. The Hokies earned their first-ever tie against Maryland and are now 0-5-1 all-time against the Terrapins.
In their third overtime match in the last four contests, the Hokies moved to 1-0-4 in extra time this season. Tech's four ties this season is already the second most in the program's 36-year history, trailing only the 2005 team that settled for five draws.
The Hokies are now 1-0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and currently enjoy the school's second four-match ACC unbeaten streak since joining the conference in 2004. In addition to the 1-1 tie at Maryland, Tech defeated Clemson 2-1 in double overtime, and then earned consecutive 1-1 draws against top-five teams, Virginia and Wake Forest. In 2005, the Hokies had a 3-1 stretch with wins against North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia while settling for a tie versus Clemson.
Tech also improved to 4-5-4 all-time on the road in the ACC. The Hokies are 2-1-3 on the road this season and are now 5-0-2 when scoring first.
Midway through the first half, Patrick Nyarko found himself isolated in a one-on-one situation with a Maryland defender and plenty of space. The Kumasi, Ghana native dribbled to Maryland's right end line before delivering a cross into the middle of the box where Zehender connected for his third goal of the season at 22:20. Zehender is now tied with Nyarko and Robert Edmans in points with 12 this season, while Nyarko's fourth assist of the season now gives him 18 career assists in 47 matches.
Hokies junior goalkeeper Markus Aigner saved four shots in his fifth consecutive start, while moving to 2-0-4 in goal this season.
Maryland (5-4-3, 1-3-1 ACC) tied the match at 63:26 when Jeremy Hall converted a short possession into the game-tying goal after connecting on a cross from Stephen King to the bottom left corner of the net.
The Hokies are currently tied with Duke and North Carolina for third place in the ACC standings. They host the Tar Heels in a conference match at 7 p.m., on Friday in Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. Jerry Massey will have the play-by-play on ACC Select.