This is the fourth and final part of a four-part series previewing the 2013 Maryland women's soccer team. The first three part fans were introduced to the goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders. Today the Terrapins’ forwards get their turn.
Part 4: Forwards
There has never been a soccer match won by a team that didn’t score a goal. That’s a fact. So having forwards that are capable of scoring goals are important for any team. Having four quality forwards that can score goals is something Maryland head coach Jonathan Morgan looks forward to seeing this season for the Terps.
Leading the way for the Terps will be senior Hayley Brock, who led Maryland with 13 goals and 32 points and tied for the team lead with six assists. Brock was terrific for the Terps down the stretch in 2012, scoring three goals in four post-season matches and totaling seven goals and one assist in her final 10 games of the season.
“I’m really happy with Hayley’s soccer right now,” said Morgan. “Her fitness has also been really good and she’s been a real leader in the preseason. She’s improved every year she’s been here and we expect her to continue that progression. I can’t wait to see how much better of a player she is going to be this season.”
Brock’s running mate up top last season was Becky Kaplan, a 2012 graduate who was second on the squad with 30 points on 12 goals and six assists. But Morgan knows he has a trio of Terps ready to fill the void.
“We have some very attractive options to compliment Hayley up top and that’s a good thing,” said Morgan of sophomore Gabby Galanti, junior Cory Ryan and the possibility of sliding sophomore Ashley Spivey up from her midfield position. “All three of these players will give defenses fits.”
Galanti is a left-footed scorer that made an immediate impact last season. After missing the first three games of 2012, she scored one minute into her collegiate debut at George Mason. She finished the season fifth on the team with nine points on two goals and five assists.
Ryan moved around between midfield and forward during her first two seasons as a Terp, but was put up top permanently prior to Maryland’s run in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. The moved proved fruitful as she assisted on Danielle Hubka’s overtime game-winning goal vs. Miami in the first round of the ACC tournament.
The wild card of the group could be Spivey, who was an ACC All-Freshman Team selection last season as a wide midfielder. A dangerous player who can beat opponents off the dribble or in combination, Spivey was third on the squad with 13 points on five goals and three assists. A tremendously fit player, Spivey led all offensive midfielders in minutes played in 2012 and was one of only two players to start all 23 matches.
Freshman Alex Anthony figured to be in the mix, but she could redshirt the season while recovering from an offseason injury.
Morgan could also pull from his significant depth in the midfield if needed to supplement his corps of forwards.