Cortes Paces Terps on Senior Night

Nov. 6, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Billy Cortes tallied a goal and an assist to lead the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team to a win, 2-1, against College of Charleston on Senior Night at Ludwig Field Friday.

After a nearly-even played first half with Maryland owning the slight edge in the shot category, 5-4, College of Charleston got on the board at 61:37 when Matt Morris' slow roller inched past a diving Zac MacMath to his right for a 1-0 Cougar lead.

The Terps evened the score 9:30 later when Cortes tallied his first goal of the 2009 season. The junior midfielder set up the play himself after Drew Yates fed him a ball down the near sideline and he battled a pair of CofC defenders to win the corner. Kaoru Forbess' ensuing corner kick went through traffic, bounced off the chest of a Cougar player and Cortes headed the ball to the lower left corner for the score.

Maryland took the lead when Casey Townsend scored his first goal since Sept. 15 in the 83rd minute. Cortes once again spearheaded the drive, sending a cross all the way across the box to Townsend who left-footed swipe provided the Terps with the eventual game-winner.

Maryland honored its five seniors - Yates, Kwame Darko, Tyler Mishalow, Doug Rodkey and Kevin Tangney - prior to kickoff on Friday. The senior class of 2009 has aided the Terrapin men's soccer program to 80 wins in a five-year span including an incredible 54-8-8 record at Ludwig Field.

MacMath tied a career-high with six saves. Maryland outshot the Cougars, 13-12.

"It was a great, hard-fought win," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was great to have the seniors leave with a smile on their faces. It was nice to have Jason (Herrick) and Casey (Townsend) back up top together, but we have some work to do. I thought they got better as the game went on though.

"Charleston came out and battled hard but we rose to the occasion."

Maryland ends the regular season with a 12-4-2 record and now awaits its official seeding for the upcoming ACC tournament next week in Cary, N.C. Seeding will be announced Monday, with the reigning ACC champion Terps likely owning the No. 4 seed and facing either Duke or Virginia, pending the outcome of the Cavaliers' match against N.C. State Saturday.