The Maryland men's soccer blog wants to take a brief moment inbetween top-ten battles to recap the last week of action and look forward to what lies ahead for the Terps.
A GREAT BIG THANKS!
If you were not at Ludwig Field on Friday night, you missed out!
While the record crowd of 7,260 was awfully nice, it is the way the fans present such an incredible united front to support Maryland men's soccer that's truly outstanding. Whether it is the chants from the always-boisterous crew behind each goal or the traditional Terrapin 'O' during the national anthem, it is the fans that make Ludwig Field the most intimidating place in college soccer.
So thanks again for all your support and make sure to catch the second half of the season! I think we are only just beginning to witness what the 2010 Maryland Terrapins are capable of.
A TOUGH STRETCH
Maryland is wrapping up its toughest three-game stand of the year when it battles No.2 UConn on Tuesday night. The Terps split the first two matches - falling at No. 3 North Carolina and topping No. 9 Duke last Friday. Of course, there is no telling what the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament may have in-store, as five league schools find themselves in the latest NSCAA Top 25 Poll, released today.
Below is a breakdown of Maryland's remaining opponents after Tuesday night's slugfest:
Oct. 8 at Virginia Tech (3-5-1, 1-1-1 ACC)
Oct. 12 at Lehigh (4-4-1)
Oct. 16 vs. Clemson (1-5-1, 0-2-1 ACC)
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate (5-1-3)
Oct. 23 vs. Wake Forest (3-4-1, 3-0-0 ACC)
Oct. 29 at Virginia (6-2-1, 1-2-1 ACC)
Nov. 2 vs. William & Mary (5-2-1)
Nov. 5 vs. Coastal Carolina (6-4-2)
Maryland has remained steady throughout the first eight games of the 2010 campaign and remains among the nation's best both offensively and defensively.
After a tumultuous start to the year to now-No. 18 Michigan State, Maryland has gone 5-1-1 with its lone loss coming on the road at No. 3 North Carolina. The Terps have yet to be shutout this season, which was something head coach Sasho Cirovski emphasized this offseason. In fact, Maryland is on-pace offensively with the 2005 national championship squad, which scored 20 goals through its first eight matches.
NCAA DIVISION I LEADERS
Scoring offense - 2.50 - 7th
Shutout pct. - 0.50 - 19th
Points per game - 1.50 - 31st
Assists per game - 0.50 - 24th
Special congratulations to Maryland junior Matt Kassel who was named ACC Player of the Week earlier this morning. Kassel has played a huge role in Maryland's success this season, tallying team-highs in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12). Kassel, who is a defensive midfielder by trade, has also helped the Terps secure four shutouts in eight matches this season. For a link to the ACC release, click here.