Oct. 8, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Five players accounted for seven goals as the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team trampled Virginia Tech, 7-0, Friday night.
Maryland (7-2-1, 3-1-1 ACC) started its scoring early and ended late, netting its first goal at 4:20 and concluding the offensive eruption at 70:19. Matt Kassel, Casey Townsend, Paul Torres, Jason Herrick, and Patrick Mullins all found their way into the scoring column while the Terps secured their sixth shutout of the 2010 campaign behind a three-save effort from Zac MacMath.
Kassel scored his team-leading fifth goal off a penalty kick to begin the scoring frenzy after Herrick was taken down in the box. Kassel followed his goal up with an assist to Townsend for a 2-0 Terp lead at 20:14.
A free kick from Kassel, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, took a convenient bounce off a Hokie defender for an own goal at 54:38 before Torres tallied his first collegiate score in the 57th minute to push Maryland's lead to four.
Herrick, who was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS finalist earlier this week, made it a 6-0 contest when he connected on a cross from Doug Rodkey at 60:33 and then notched his second goal of the match less than four minutes later. Mullins capped the night and continued his offensive prowess of late with a left-footed goal to finish Maryland's dominant attacking performance in the 71st minute.
"I'm very happy with the win and the performance tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The score line is flattering because the first half was evenly played. Virginia Tech competed hard and was an organized squad.
"Our efficiency in the attack was just outstanding. This season we have left a lot of chances on the table and tonight we were able to put them in the back of the net."
The seven-goal outing Friday night is the highest scoring performance for Maryland since last season when it toppled Duquesne, 7-0. The Terps have now tallied 28 goals through 10 matches, the most since the 2004 season.
Maryland wraps up a two-game road swing with a non-conference match at Lehigh on Tuesday.