Sept. 7, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 9 Maryland erupted for four goals, including two from Jeremy Hall, as they dropped Davidson, 4-1, on Sunday night in men's soccer action at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (3-1-0) would get on the board in the 21st minute when Casey Townsend picked up right where he left off on Friday night, giving the Terps an early 1-0 lead. Townsend caught a ball from Jason Herrick who received it from a dribbling Graham Zusi up the middle. It is Townsend's second career goal as he scored the third and final goal in Friday night's win against Hartford.
The Terps continued to pile on the offensive pressure after a pair of dangerous stirkes from Hall and a header by Rodney Wallace all came within scoring range during a three minute period a little over midway through the half.
Hall would find the back of the net a short time later, putting a header between the posts in traffic off a Zusi free kick in the 35th minute. The score gave Maryland a 2-0 lead heading into the half.
Wallace provided Maryland with a three-goal cushion with a goal off a corner kick from Matt Kassel on the far side of the field. It is Kassel's third assist in the past two games.
The Wildcats (1-2-0) tallied their lone goal in the 61st minute when Davidson's Machel Turner got past Terrapin freshman goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Turner utilized a long throw-in from the far sideline, gained possession and fired from close range.
But Maryland, and more specifically Hall, wasn't done yet.
The Terps regained a three-goal lead with ten minutes remaining in the contest when Hall picked up his second goal of the game. His initial shot was blocked by a Wildcat defender which rebounded kindly back at Hall's feet as he delivered a strike just outside the box to the near post.
MacMath earned his first career win at goalkeeper for the Terps. Maryland outshot its opponent for the fourth consecutive game (21-6).
"I am pleased with the result tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski, who is one victory away from tying Doyle Royal as the all-time leader in wins in Maryland coaching history, said. "Even though I thought we started a little slow, but we adjusted accordingly, made key plays and put the ball in the back of the net.
"Davidson deserves a lot of credit for their effort and competitiveness. They forced us to raise our game and we did."
Maryland had a steady attendance for the second game in a row, much in thanks to the 'Crew'.
"Once again our student support was excellent," Cirovski said. "We really appreciate it."
Maryland has four days to prepare for its ACC opener. The Terps next face Boston College on Friday at 8 p.m. at Ludwig Field.