Sept. 5, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 6 Maryland rebounded with a vengeance Sunday night, dominating Northeastern, 5-0, in men's soccer action at Ludwig Field.
After surrendering four goals in a heartbreaking loss to No. 24 Michigan State on Friday, the Terps (1-1) tallied their first win and shutout of the 2010 campaign against Northeastern (0-2). The junior combination of Casey Townsend and Matt Kassel combined for seven of Maryland's 16 points on the day, while keeper Zac MacMath notched his 20th career shutout in goal.
Townsend started the scoring frenzy when his header from the far side of the box off an assist from Doug Rodkey in the corner sailed past Northeastern keeper Oliver Blum in the 10th minute. Kassel followed with his first goal of the match off a free kick after a six-second stall call was issued to Blum in the box at 30:21.
Townsend wasted little time cushioning Maryland's lead to three in the second half when his header from the center of the box beat Blum to the left corner. The Traverse City, Mich., native was set up by senior Billy Cortes' serve with a mere 4:52 elapsed in the second stanza.
Forward counterpart Jason Herrick made it a 4-0 match with a diving header from nearly the same spot Townsend's at 61:57 off assists from Kassel and London Woodberry before Cortes capped the Terrapin scoring via a Sunny Jane assist at 80:14.
"I thought this was a great response and we showed a lot of honesty and humility on defense tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Our overall commitment was excellent. We were more dangerous on runs in the box and on crosses and had more malice in our attack."
The Terps outshot (18-7) and attempted more corner kicks (4-2) than their foe for the second time this season. A total of 20 Maryland players saw action in the match, including first-time appearances from Gordon Murie, Helge Leikvang, and Jake Pace.
Maryland hits the road for its first taste of Atlantic Coast Conference action when it travels to No. 12 Boston College Friday.