#1 Terps Trek to Virginia Tech Saturday
Sept. 22, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Top-ranked Maryland faces its first conference road test at Virginia Tech Saturday night. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
The Terps (7-0-1, 2-0-0 ACC) remained unbeaten with a scoreless tie at Seton Hall Tuesday. Maryland recorded another solid defensive performance, blanking its fourth opponent of the young season. Keith Cardona tallied one save in his first collegiate shutout.
After falling to East Tennessee State in its last outing Tuesday, Virginia Tech heads into the weekend with a 3-4-0 record including a 1-1-0 clip in the ACC. The Hokies knocked off then-No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, in double overtime Sept. 10 at Thompson Field.
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Scouting The Terps
· Maryland remained unbeaten with a scorless tie at Seton Hall. The Terps boast four shutouts this season and are outscoring opponents a devastating 23-6.
· The Terps are led on offense by 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection Casey Townsend and his sophomore counterpart Patrick Mullins. Towsend, a Traverse City, Mich., native, is the top returning scorer for the Terps after scoring nine goals for 2010 ACC champion Maryland. He is already one-goal shy of that mark in 2011, with eight goals through eight matches. The 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year, Mullins has five goals and has also dished an assist for 11 points.
· John Stertzer has been the statiscial leader in the midfield thus far, tallying five goals, including the game-winner in overtime at UMBC, and three assists. Kaoru Forbess, Helge Leikvang and Sunny Jane have sealed up the remainder of the midfield with rookie Alex Shinsky earning significant playing time as the first player off the bench. Jane leads the Terps with five assists. Jereme Raley has also seen action in the starting lineup.
·Taylor Kemp returns for his third season as a starter at outside back and, along with senior captain Alex Lee, have led a dynamic defensive effort through eight games. Widner Saint Cyr and London Woodberry have been solid as well. Maryland is surrendering a mere 0.75 goals per contest. They have allowed only 17 shots on goal all season.
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Scouting The Hokies
· Virginia Tech has used a balanced scoring attack through seven games this season with only one player - David Clemens - tallying more than one goal in 2011. Ben Strong leads the squad with two assists.
· The Hokies have had a rollercoaster season thus far, upsetting No. 1 North Carolina Sept. 10, but conversely losing to Howard to open the year in the Bisons' lone win this season. Virginia Tech also gave No. 11 Boston College a strong challenge before falling to the Eagles, 4-3, in overtime.
· Maryland leads the all-time series, 7-1-1.
Maryland Picks up Shutout in Scoreless Tie at Seton Hall
· Maryland outshot the Pirates a massive 23-6, led by five shots each from Casey Townsend and Sunny Jane. Freshman Keith Cardona, who made his first start at keeper while making a return trip to his home state of New Jersey, tallied one save in the shutout.
Terps Back On Top
· The Terps are currently in their second week at No. 1 in all three major polls, including NSCAA, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com.
· Maryland topped UMBC, 4-3, in the game's 104th minute and the Terps tied Seton Hall, despite owning the shot category, 23-6, and allowing the Pirates only one strike on goal.
Terps Extend Streak with Win over NC State
Townsend, Stertzer Lift Terps Past UMBC in Overtime Thriller
· Stertzer, after missing a possible game-winning penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the first overtime period, snagged a perfect cross from Taylor Kemp and headed home the winner from five yards out in the 104th minute. Townsend tallied his second-career hat trick to lead the Terps.
Terps Cruise to First ACC Win
· Sophomore Patrick Mullins scored twice and goalkeeper Will Swaim secured his third shutout of the season as the Terrapins outshot the Eagles, 18-4. Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp accounted for Maryland's other two goals.· Head coach Sasho Cirovski, who was honored before the game for earning his 300th win on Sept. 4 against Radford, has now led the Terps to their first 5-0 start since 2004.
Jane the Playmaker
· Jane has tallied a career-best five assists this season, a team-best average of 0.63 per game.
Cirovski Nets Career Win No. 300 vs. Radford
· The Maryland victory vaults Cirovski into 10th all-time amongst active NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches.
Maryland Soccer on Display in Stanford Win
· The crowd, which ranked as the second most in Ludwig Field history, and a live Fox Soccer Channel audience were treated to four first half goals by the Terps, including two from senior Casey Townsend.
· The four first half goals were the most for the Terrapins since scoring four on September 15, 2009 against Duquesne in a 7-0 drubbing. Ironically, Townsend scored two first half goals in that match as well.
· Townsend has already recorded two multi-goal performances this season, including his second career hat trick against UMBC.
· He was tabbed to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week for his efforts against UMBC.
Mullins Snags ACC Player of the Week Nod
· Mullins led Maryland to its first 5-0 start since 2004 with his first career two-goal outing in a 4-0 rout of the Eagles.
· The sophomore forward netted the second and third goals in the Terps' victory over BC. He was also named to both the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week.
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Terps Top St. John's, West Virginia to Open Season
· Maryland rallied to overcome an early one-goal deficit against the Mountaineers for its first win at home in front of nearly 5,000 fans Monday.
Townsend Earns Preseason Honors
· Townsend was tabbed to the initial 42-player list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in college soccer. A senior from Traverse City, Mich., the 2010 First Team All-ACC pick is Maryland's top returning scorer after tallying nine goals as a junior.
· Townsend was also named a College Soccer News Second Team Preseason All-American. He is currently 15th in TopDrawerSoccer.com's listing of the top 100 prospects for professional soccer in the college senior class.
· Stertzer, a native of Oakton, Va., has tallied five scores, including the game-winner at UMBC, and also has three assists. Townsend has tallied a team-high eight goals, including a hat trick at UMBC. Mullins, last year's ACC Freshman of the Year, has five goals in 2011, including two against No. 8 Boston College.
· Maryland is averaging a league-best 2.88 per game heading into the Virginia Tech match Saturday night. The squad is first in total goals and second in scoring offense nationally through seven games.
Protect This House
· The Terps have not lost more than two games at home in a season since 2001, boasting a 96-11-8 record in the last 10 years.
ACC Freshman of the Year Returns for Terps
· As a midfielder, Mullins was also a TopDrawerSoccer All-Rookie second team pick.
From College Park to the MLS
Terps Land Top Recruit
· Shinsky is a member of U-17 U.S. National Team where he scored a goal for the U.S. U-17 National Team in the FIFA World Cup in Malawi.
· Swaim began his career at Maryland as a starter during his freshman season and has made a valiant return to a starting role in 2011, giving up only six goals in seven games thus far.
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Fan Friendly Ludwig Field
· A program-high crowd of 7,260 watched Maryland top No. 9 Duke in 2010. The Terps were second nationally in overall attendance in 2009. Maryland has averaged more than 2,000 fans per match in each of the last seven seasons.
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