Oct. 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jason Herrick continued his offensive hot streak Tuesday night, scoring two goals to lift the No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team past Seton Hall, 3-1, at Ludwig Field.
Maryland came out firing in the first part of the period, including three shots in the first five minutes of the match. It appeared the Terps made their way onto the scoreboard at 7:54 when Kaoru Forbess found the back of the net off a Taylor Kemp through ball, but an offside call wiped the goal off.
Seton Hall got its first good look at goal in the 11th minute when Andrew Welker found himself one-on-one with Maryland keeper Zac MacMath in the center of the box. MacMath won the battle and made the save to keep the Pirates at nil.
Giovanni Zammiello put the Hall on the board at 22:03 when his 15-yard strike went over top of MacMath's outstretched hands to the uppermost part of the left corner.
Maryland did not take long to answer back as Drew Yates tied up the game at 33:26. Terp defender Kwame Darko won a ball in the air that shot out to Yates on the near sideline. Yates took two long strides and fired a shot past Pirate goalkeeper Paul McHenry.
Herrick then registered his third-straight game-winner with a score at 37:28 when his jab-step move brought McHenry out and the junior captain wrapped around him for the close-range goal. Matt Kassel was credited with the assist, which is his team-leading sixth of the 2009 season.
The Terps outshot Seton Hall, 9-3, in the second half, including Herrick's insurance goal off a free kick from Paul Torres at 63:54. The score was Herrick's fourth in three games.
Maryland moves to 10-3-1 on the season while Seton Hall falls to 4-7-3. MacMath made four saves to pick up his eighth win in 2009. The Terps are now winners of five straight.
"This was a good win for us," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Seton Hall is a team that has a positive philosophy of play. It was a good game and they came to play.
"I thought our guys responded well, stayed composed and took control of the game in the second half."
The Terps now shift their focus to the highly-anticipated ACC battle between the last two national champions when Maryland heads to No. 3 Wake Forest on Saturday. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.