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After completing an upset bid against No. 2 UConn Tuesday night, the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team returns to conference action when it heads to Virginia Tech Friday. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Maryland (6-2-1, 2-1-1 ACC) wrapped up a rugged three-game stretch earlier this week, dismantling its second consecutive top-10 ranked foe with a shutout win against previously unbeaten UConn. Patrick Mullins notched the lone score for the Terps, who racked up their fifth shutout in nine matches in 2010.
Virginia Tech (3-6-1, 1-1-1 ACC) is playing in only its third home game on Friday and is 1-0-1 in the previous two. Robert Alberti and David Clemens account for half of the Hokies' 12 goals this season. Maryland is 6-1-1 all-time against Virginia Tech, including a 2-1 win in College Park in 2009.
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MARYLAND UPSETS NO. 2 UCONN, 1-0
The No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team handed No. 2 UConn its first loss of the season, 1-0, Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps stymied a potent UConn offense that had amassed 26 goals through its first nine matches.
Freshman Patrick Mullins notched his third goal of the year after his header in the 35th minute sailed past outstretched UConn keeper Josh Ford to his left from 12-yards out for the eventual game-winner. Sophomore Paul Torres was credited with the assist. It was only the fourth goal UConn has allowed in 2010.
Zac MacMath recorded his second straight shutout against a top-10 ranked opponent behind a strong defensive effort by the Maryland backline. UConn, which entered Tuesday's match averaging over 17 shots per game, was outshot 17-13 in the non-conference showdown.
KASSEL NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior midfielder Matt Kassel was named ACC Men's Soccer Player of the Week after guiding No. 8 Maryland to a 2-0 victory over Duke last week.
Kassel provided his Terrapins with the game-winner against Duke in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 7,260.
Playing an integral role in holding one of the nation's leading scorers in Ryan Finley (ninth) to a mere three shots and zero goals, Kassel now leads the team in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12).
TERPS TOPPLE NO. 9 DUKE, 2-0
A Ludwig Field record crowd of 7,260 watched No. 8 Maryland snag a marquee conference win against No. 9 Duke, 2-0, Friday night.
Matt Kassel registered his fourth goal of the year when his penalty kick score gave Maryland (5-2-1, 2-1-1 ACC) the early lead at 33:25. Terp senior forward Jason Herrick was taken down in the box setting up the opportunity. Patrick Mullins provided Maryland with the insurance score at 41:07 when he ripped a rebound off the Duke backline and nailed a close-range strike from seven-yards out.
The Terps moved to 4-0 this season in games where it leads at halftime. Maryland tallied its fourth shutout of the young 2010 campaign.
HERRICK NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS FINALIST
Senior forward Jason Herrick is one of 10 NCAA men's soccer finalists for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
Herrick has started all nine matches and contributed three goals for No. 6 Maryland. He netted his first score of the season while leading the Terps to a 5-0 rout of Northeastern before tallying a pair of goals in a key conference win against N.C. State. Fans can vote online at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_soccer_2010/.
THE 2010 SEASON - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Maryland made its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. It was the 15th under head coach Sasho Cirovski.
In addition to returning the most experience since the 2008 national championship squad, the Terps boast the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation this season.
The Terps return nine starters from 2009, including All-ACC honorees Jason Herrick and Zac MacMath. Maryland has five seniors and six juniors on its roster this season.
Maryland, which plays in the always-tough ACC, once again faces one of the toughest schedules in the country, battling nine teams that participated in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and five that are ranked in the NSCAA Preseason Top 20.
Seven of the first nine teams the Terps face in 2010 advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES...
Friday night's game in Blacksburg is only the third home game for Virginia Tech (3-6-1, 1-1-1 ACC) this season. The Hokies are 1-0-1 on their home turf in 2010.
Robert Alberti and David Clemens are responsible for half of VT's scoring, netting three goals each.
The Hokies have used three keepers this season with Kyle Renfro getting the majority of the minutes between the pipes. He has a 0.97 goals against average in seven starts.
VT dropped a close match to Longwood on the road Tuesday night in its last outing.
Maryland leads the all-time series, 6-1-1.
CELEBRATING 1,000 GAMES AND COUNTLESS MEMORIES
Fans filled Ludwig over capacity Friday night and the crowd was also treated to a celebration of the program's 1,000th game, which took place Sept. 21 against George Mason.
An array of alumni spanning the 64-year history of the storied program commemorated the feat with a pregame ceremony at midfield.
The game was also televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
TERPS STUMBLE AT NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA
Despite registering more shots, the No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team fell at No. 3 North Carolina, 2-1, on Friday night.
Junior midfielder Matt Kassel scored Maryland's lone goal of the night - a penalty kick strike at 74:18 to cut the Tar Heel lead in half.
Maryland is now 8-2-1 in its last 11 meetings with UNC. The loss Friday night snapped a three-game winning streak.
MARYLAND BLANKS MASON IN 1,000th MATCH
The No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team celebrated the 1,000 match in its program history with a win against George Mason, 2-0, at Ludwig Field.
Sophomore defender London Woodberry netted his first career goal and the Terps benefited from an own goal to move to 4-1-1 on the year. Maryland has won three consecutive matches after going 1-1-1 to start the year.
The win avenged a tough loss in Fairfax, Va., against George Mason (4-2) in 2009. The shutout performance is Maryland's third in 2010 as a strong defensive effort held the Patriots to a mere three shots in the match.
TERPS NOTCH FIRST ACC WIN OF THE YEAR, TOP NC STATE
The No. 7 Maryland men's soccer team continued its torrid offensive pace Saturday night, trumping NC State, 3-1, at Ludwig Field in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Senior Jason Herrick paced Maryland with two goals. Freshman Patrick Mullins tacked on his first two career assists as the Terps notched their first win in conference play in 2010.
Maryland, which outshot the Wolfpack, 16-8, has now notched 16 goals through five matches, its best offensive start since 2005.
MARYLAND NETS TIE AT NO. 5 BOSTON COLLEGE
After giving up an early penalty kick goal, senior Billy Cortes tied the match in the 60th minute and junior goalkeeper Zac MacMath led the defense with a career-high six saves to preserve a tie at Boston College.
The Terps gave No. 5 Boston College its first blemish of the season and picked up a valuable point in the always-challenging Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Senior Doug Rodkey picked up his team-leading second assist of the year on Cortes' header.
THE TOURNEY STREAK
Maryland has been to the NCAA Tournament nine consecutive seasons and 15 out of the last 16 seasons.
In those nine seasons, Maryland has advanced to the College Cup five times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008), racking up national titles in 2005 and 2008.
The Terps saw their nation-best streak of seven straight seasons with a first-round bye snapped in 2009.
Maryland is 42-24-4 in 29 NCAA appearances.
KING OF THE KASSEL
Matt Kassel has emerged as a point-scoring machine for the Terps. Last season, the midfielder totaled eight points on one goal and six assists.
The junior from Bridgewater, N.J., has already amassed 12 points (four goals, four assists) this season, more than doubling his goal output from a year ago.
Maryland has scored 21 goals through its first nine matches.
That number is the highest total since 2004, when the squad scored 33 through its first nine games. The Terps landed in the national semifinals that season.
DISHIN' IT OUT
Maryland boasts two of the top assist men in the country as Matt Kassel and Doug Rodkey have teamed up for seven this season.
Kassel leads the Terps with four assists, including one against George Mason Tuesday. Rodkey, a sixth-year senior, has 14 in his career and is looking to top his single-season high of nine as a member of the 2008 national championship squad.
Casey Townsend and Jason Herrick are in the middle of their third season working together up-top for the Terps.
The pair has combined for six of Maryland's 21 goals this season. Both have also registered two-goal game performances in 2010 - Townsend against Northeastern and Herrick against NC State.
A GREAT HOME SLATE
In addition to its always challenging conference schedule which features home matches against NCAA Tournament participants N.C. State, Wake Forest and Duke, the Terps' non-conference slate is highlighted by contests against Michigan State (Sept. 3) and Connecticut (Oct. 5).
Maryland has prided itself on a balanced attack this season, with 11 players contributing at least one point in 2010.
Nine different players have also scored goals this season for the the top-ranking offense in the ACC.
AIM AND SHOOT
Maryland leads the ACC in shots this season, averaging a hefty 17.38 per game.
The Terps are outshooting their foes a staggering 156-86.
Maryland has picked up some vital points from its underclassman group.
Freshman Patrick Mullins leads the unit with three goals and two assists. Sophomore London Woodberry has three points on a goal and two assists while Sunny Jane (one assist) and Paul Torres (two assists) have also made point contributions this season.
MOLDING A TOP-NOTCH BACKLINE
After giving up an uncharacteristic four goals in the season opener, the Terps have only surrendered four goals in eight games since.
The defense is led by left centerback and U.S. U-20 team member Ethan White and converted forwards and/or midfielders Taylor Kemp, Alex Lee and London Woodberry. Fifth-year senior Greg Young also provides leadership to the backline.
BACK ON TRACK
After missing the majority of the 2009 season, junior Casey Townsend, one of the most prolific goal scorers in all of college soccer, returns to the starting lineup in great shape this season. He teams up with First Team All-ACC selection Jason Herrick up front.
In addition, Doug Rodkey returns after missing the majority of the season with a foot injury. Starting defender Alex Lee is also back in the lineup.
NO. 5 RECRUITING CLASS
Head coach Sasho Cirovski and his staff has assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. In addition to Patrick Mullins and Gordon Murie, who enrolled early this spring, Maryland will also welcome Marquez Fernandez, Tsotleho "Sunny" Jane, Jereme Raley and Helge Leikvang this season.
RODKEY BACK FOR MORE
Maryland senior Doug Rodkey returns for a sixth season after an injury sidelined the midfielder his sophomore and senior campaigns.
He will be aiming to be the first male athlete in Maryland history to win three NCAA championships.
TAIL OF TWO GAMES
Terrapin goalkeeper Zac MacMath had a rollercoaster opening weekend.
After giving up a career-high four goals (he surrendered only nine his entire freshman campaign) against Michigan State, the junior U-20 team member rallied to post his 20th career shutout against Northeaster.
U.S. WINS U-20 MILK CUP TITLE
Zac MacMath and Ethan White headed up the U.S. under-20 national team this July for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, ultimately taking home a title in the annual international youth soccer tournament.
MacMath posted a clean sheet in goal in a 1-0 victory against China while White started and played almost the entire match in a 3-2 victory against Denmark two days later.
MARYLAND MSOC LIVE
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WELCOME TO FAN-FRIENDLY LUDWIG FIELD
The Maryland men's soccer team has increasingly attracted more and more fans to Ludwig Field season after season. Heading into this season, more than 325,000 fans have filled the stands to take in exciting Terrapin soccer action since the facility opened in 1995.
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.
HERRICK, MACMATH TABBED TO HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Senior Jason Herrick and junior Zac MacMath have been tabbed to the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Herrick led the Terps with nine goals in 2009 and has been a mainstay up front for the Terps for three seasons. The Elmhurst, lll., native was selected as a First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick in 2009.
MacMath was an NSCAA Third Team All-American and First Team All-ACC selection as a sophomore last season. He helped lead the U.S. to a Milk Cup title in Northern Ireland as a member of the U-20 team.
TERPS IN THE COMMUNITY
Maryland spent the spring semester not only prepping for the upcoming 2010 fall slate, but also making a difference in the community.
The team raised $1,500 for Justin's Quest in ticket sales at its spring match against Virginia in addition to shooting baskets with Justin Friedlander to raise awareness for brain tumors.
The Terps also teamed up to help raise over $3,000 for the relief effort following the devastating earthquake in Haiti by selling t-shirts. The effort, which corresponded with former Maryland great Seth Stammler's `The Sporting Chance Foundation' hit close to home for the Terps, as sophomore midfielder Widner Saint Cyr grew up in Port-Au-Prince.