Sept. 15, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team ignited for seven goals, highlighted by a hat trick by Casey Townsend, on Tuesday night in a 7-0 shutout of Duquesne at Ludwig Field.
Matt Kassel continued his solid play in 2009 with a goal in the 13th minute. The sophomore midfielder lined up for a free kick 25-yards out and laced it past the keeper for the eventual game-winner.
The Terps (3-1) needed fewer than two minutes to find their way back on the scoreboard as fellow classmate Casey Townsend headed home his first goal of the 2009 campaign. The forward from Traverse City, Mich., who was second on the team with 11 goals last season, utilized a deflection off of Jason Herrick after a Kassel corner kick.
Drew Yates got in on the scoring in the 25th minute when his penalty kick went sailing past Dukes' keeper Colin Thorp. Yates' goal sparked Maryland to its highest scoring output of the year after scoring two goals apiece in wins against California and Boston College.
Townsend tacked on his second goal of the game off a long ball from Maryland keeper Will Swaim. The Soccer America Preseason All-American took two dribbles and fired a shot to the upper right corner for his third career multi-goal game.
As the rain began to pour, the Terps did not slow in their attack, as Ethan White pushed the Terp lead to five with his first goal as a Terrapin at 58:09. His header in the middle of the box came off of Kassel's second assist of the game.
Townsend completed his first career hat trick at Maryland with a goal in the 63rd minute to move the game to 6-0. His turnaround strike in the box came from 15-yards out. The Terps then netted their seventh goal of the game seven minutes later when Tyler Mishalow's shot went off the crossbar, rebounded off Duquesne keeper Chris Torres and freshman John Stertzer put it in the back of the net for his first career score. The goal provided Maryland with a 7-0 lead and its largest margin of victory since a 7-0 shutout of Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 11, 2005.
Swaim picked up his first win of the year while the Terrapin backline tallied its second consecutive shutout. The seven-goal win is the largest in exactly five years at Ludwig Field when the Terps dropped intrastate rival Loyola, 9-0, on Sept. 15, 2004.
In total, Maryland out-shot the Dukes, 27-5, as 24 Terp players saw action Tuesday.
"It was a very gratifying performance," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We've been talking about getting a little crisper in finishing and tonight I thought we made some good runs and good crosses and had some good goals.
"We showed a little more menace in our attack and we didn't give up after we scored one. To be fair to Duquesne, they had two games over the weekend and I think they were a little fatigued and had a hard time keeping up with our energy and pace."
The Terps will head to Raleigh on Saturday for an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with North Carolina State. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.