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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team wraps up its regular season Friday night against College of Charleston. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (11-4-2, 4-2-2 ACC) dropped Navy, 1-0, on Tuesday night. Kaoru Forbess netted the Terps' score in the 10th minute. The Terps will honor its five seniors - Kwame Darko, Tyler Mishalow, Doug Rodkey, Kevin Tangney and Drew Yates - prior to kickoff against the Cougars Friday. Members of the 2009 senior class have helped the Terps to two national titles in the last four seasons and a total of 79 victories.
The 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Cary, N.C. Seeding will be announced Monday, Nov. 9.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS...
College of Charleston (10-8) brings a two-game winning streak in tow to Friday's match at Ludwig Field.
Zach Prince and Matt Morris lead the attack with five and four goals, respectively. Former Maryland defender Sean Flatley, who transferred to CofC this season, has two goals for the Cougars.
Clark Hankins is the Cougars' top goalkeeper with a 10-3 record, 1.02 GAA and 42 saves.
CofC nearly pulled a big upset in mid-October, falling to Wake Forest, 1-0. The Cougars are outscoring their opponents 19-9 in the first half and won their first five outings this season.
This is the first meeting between the two programs.
The Maryland men's soccer program has profited greatly from the dedication of its 2009 senior class.
Seniors Kwame Darko, Tyler Mishalow, Doug Rodkey, Kevin Tangney and Drew Yates have all spent at least four seasons at Maryland.
Rodkey, Darko and Tangney will all leave College Park with at least two national championships under their belts.
Members of this year's class has helped the Terps to 79 wins in a five-year span.
The five-player class has combined for 18 goals and 24 assists.
THE ACC RACE
Maryland (4-2-2) will need help if it hopes to win its first ACC regular season title since 2005.
Wake Forest currently sits at 4-2-1 in ACC play with one game remaining. North Carolina is 4-2-1 with one contest left.
Remaining conference matches:
Friday, Nov. 6
Duke at Wake Forest
North Carolina at Clemson
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Saturday, Nov. 7
NC State at Virginia
FIRST TIME'S THE CHARM
Maryland has been tremendous at keeping the lead once it gets it this season.
The Terps are undefeated (9-0) this season when they score first.
Maryland is 9-0 when leading heading into the second half.
Maryland junior Jason Herrick has been the Terps' top clutch performer in 2009.
The Elmhurst, Ill., product has a Maryland-best eight goals this season.
Six of the captain's eight scores have been game-winners, including consecutive game-winners against No. 16 Georgetown, Clemson and Seton Hall.
LAST TIME OUT...
Kaoru Forbess scored in the 10th minute to lift the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team past Navy, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps snapped a two-game scoring drought at 9:57 when Forbess notched his second goal of the season. The sophomore midfielder faked a pass and then struck the ball from 20 yards out into the upper left corner for an early 1-0 Maryland lead.
Maryland secured its eighth shutout of the 2009 season. Zac MacMath picked up his ninth win and seventh shutout in goal.
PACKING THE STANDS
Maryland is currently second in the nation in attendance this season, trailing only UC Santa Barbara.
Below is a rundown of the top 10 attendance averages in the nation in 2009.
1. UC Santa Barbara 4836
2. Maryland 3085
3. Connecticut 2877
4. Creighton 2449
5. Indiana 2335
6. New Mexico 2254
7. North Carolina 1819
8. Wake Forest 1773
9. Portland 1690
10. Clemson 1681
CIROVSKI RETURNS FOR 17th SEASON
Head coach Sasho Cirovski is in his 17th season at the helm of the storied Maryland men's soccer program and his 19th overall.
Cirvoski's resume is nothing short of impressive, possessing a 247-106-22 record with the Terps, with a pair of national championships, 14 NCAA appearances, three ACC Tournament championships, six appearances in the College Cup, and 15-straight winning seasons.
He became the winningest head coach in Maryland men's soccer history last season, passing long-time coach Doyle Royal.
Maryland boasts one of the youngest starting lineups in the country this season.
47 percent of the Terrapins' points (32 out of 68) this season have come courtesy of the freshman and sophomore classes. In total, nine underclassmen have tallied a goal and/or an assist in 2009.
The Terps are consistently starting up to three freshmen per game with Ethan White and Taylor Kemp leading the way with 16 starts each.
THE GOLD STANDARD
Maryland established several school-records on its way to the national title last season including wins (23) and shutouts (15) in a season as well as a program-best 16-game winning streak.
HELPING THE CAUSE
After a stellar freshman campaign, Matt Kassel leads the charge in assists this season with six.
In total, an amazing 13 players have tallied assists in 2009.
Following Kassel, Forbess (3) and Darko (2) are the other Terrapins with multiple assists this season.
TERPS PICK UP PROGRAM WIN NO. 600
The Maryland men's soccer team defeated No. 2 North Carolina, 1-0, in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 6,946 on Sept. 22, 2009 to pick up its 600th win in program history.
One of the finest college soccer programs in the nation with a pair of national championships in the last four seasons, Maryland boasts a 606-302-79 record overall and 167-119-23 in conference play.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Last year's College Cup was filled to the brim with ACC squads as North Carolina, Wake Forest and Maryland advanced to the final four in Frisco, Texas.
Known as the premier soccer conference in the nation, the ACC is tough again in 2009 with six teams in the top 25 and four in the top ten of the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll.
HOME SWEET LUDWIG
Maryland ranked fifth in the nation in 2008 in attendance, averaging 2,545 per game.
Ludwig Field has already had its attendance record broken twice this season as 6,718 fans came out for the Terps' season opener against UCLA and then a crowd of 6,946 commenced in Maryland's upset win against No. 2 North Carolina on Sept. 22.
This season, Ludwig Field has grown an additional 500 seats for a total capacity of 7,000.
TOP CROWDS IN LUDWIG HISTORY
9/25/09 - North Carolina, 6,946
9/4/09 - UCLA, 6,718
9/26/08 - Wake Forest, 6,500
9/29/06 - Duke, 6,489
10/14/06 - Boston College, 6,214
10/29/05 - Indiana, 6,203
HERRICK EARNS NATIONAL HONORS
Jason Herrick has been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News' National Teams of the Week, as announced Monday.
Herrick scored two game-winners in wins at No. 16 Georgetown and Clemson last week before tacking on his third-straight game-winning score against Seton Hall Tuesday night. The co-captain leads Maryland in game-winning scores (6) and goals (8).
SA TABS GONZALEZ AS MLS TOP ROOKIE
Soccer America has tabbed former Maryland standout and current Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez as its pick for Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year as announced in its October edition of the magazine.
Joining Gonzalez as former Terps on Soccer America's 2009 MLS All-Rookie Team is A.J. Delagarza, Rodney Wallace and Jeremy Hall.
IN MEMORY OF...
Four days after the passing of long-time Maryland athletics supporter and Maryland men's soccer fan Jack Heise, the Terps rallied for an incredible comeback against Virginia Tech on Oct. 9 at Ludwig Field.
Jack Heise Scholarship award winner Kevin Tangney netted the game-tying score with 3:02 remaining in the game. John Stertzer put away the game-winner with 52.3 seconds left to lift the Terps to their third ACC win of the year.
Despite losing all four starters from the defense in 2008, Maryland has reloaded in the back and is having another tremendous season with eight shutouts in only 17 games.
Freshmen standouts Taylor Kemp and Ethan White are joined by sophomore Alex Lee and fifth-year senior captain Kevin Tangney as well as reserve Kwame Darko in a new back line that has not batted an eye this season. Tangney, a player who already has two national championships to his name, has endured two separate ACL surgeries to win a starting spot in his final season at Maryland.
Departed Terps from last year's back line Omar Gonzalez, A.J. Delagarza and Rodney Wallace have started nearly match for their respective MLS clubs in their rookie seasons.
TERPS IN THE PROS
The Terps lost eight letterwinners from a year ago, including five that were drafted in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
Maryland, for only the second time ever in MLS history, had three players selected in the first round, including Omar Gonzalez (3rd - L.A. Galaxy), Rodney Wallace (6th - D.C. United) and Jeremy Hall (11th - New York Red Bulls).
Joining the three Generation adidas players are departed seniors A.J. Delagarza, who was nabbed by the Galaxy with the 19th pick and College Cup Most Outstanding Player Graham Zusi, who landed in Kansas City after being selected 23rd overall.
TANGNEY SNAGS WEEKLY AWARDS
Kevin Tangney was tabbed the Soccer America National Player of the Week in addition to picking up the Atlantic Coast Conference weekly award after scoring the game-winner against No. 2 North Carolina on Sept. 25.
Tangney was instrumental in a pair of shutout wins for Maryland, which moved up to No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas national rankings this week.
Tangney was also named to College Soccer News' Team of the Week.
Maryland returns 42 percent of its scoring last season including Casey Townsend, who was second on the team with 11 goals in 2008. The vast majority of the set-up men return as Doug Rodkey and Matt Kassel, who ranked first and second, respectively, in assists, will be back in the starting lineup in 2009.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
Maryland has several streaks they look to continue in 2009.
The program has had 16 consecutive winning seasons in addition to making seven-straight Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
In total, Maryland has been to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments while advancing to the final four in six of the last eight seasons.
Once again, Cirovski and his staff have compiled a top tier recruiting class, earning a No. 2-ranking by both Soccer America and College Soccer News.
The ten-player class is highlighted by three NSCAA All-Americans, including Taylor Kemp, Jordan Cyrus and London Woodberry, along with international standouts Widner Saint Cyr and Gonzalo Frechilla.
TOWNSEND GARNERS PRESEASON AWARD
Maryland forward Casey Townsend was tabbed to the Soccer America Presason All-America Second Team.
The Traverse City, Mich., native, was named an All-ACC Freshman Team selection in 2008.
Townsend already has three goals in five games this season.
Maryland relies heavily on its coveted sophomore class.
Zac MacMath returns in goal after a tremendous freshman campaign. The U-20 national team product led the nation in goals against average (0.44) in 2008. The sophomore boasts a 9-4-2 record in 2009 thus far.
Matt Kassel will look to improve in the midfield and joins now-healthy classmate Kaoru Forbess. Forbess notched his first career goal as a Terrapin against Loyola (Chicago) on Oct. 6. The pair has teamed up for nine of Maryland's 20 assists in 2009. Kassel leads the Terps with six.
Casey Townsend, who ranked second on the squad in scoring with 11 goals, aims to have another stellar season in 2009. He has three goals in an injury-shortened eight games this season.
#9 Jason Herrick - Jr.
#11 Casey Townsend - Fr.
#23 Kaoru Forbess - So.
#16 Paul Torres - Fr.
#10 Drew Yates - Sr.
#8 Matt Kassel - So.
#2 Taylor Kemp - Fr.
#4 Ethan White - Fr.
#15 Kevin Tangney - Sr.
#14 Kwame Darko - Sr.
#1 Zac MacMath - So.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
#2 William Moore
#4 Matt Morris
#5 Branko Gavric
#6 Justin Fojo
#8 Sean Flatley
#9 Zach Prince
#13 Francis Twohig
#21 John Bello
#22 Jake Helmig
#27 Shawn Ferguson
GK #28 Clark Hankins
LIGHTS OUT AT LUDWIG
Maryland scored a total of seven goals as five different Terps found the back of the net in a 7-0 shutout against Duquesne on Sept. 15 at Ludwig Field.
24 players saw game action for Maryland as eight different players notched at least a point in the match, led by a hat trick by Casey Townsend and two assists and a goal from Matt Kassel.
Several firsts were established as well as six players saw their first action as Terrapins, goalkeeper Will Swaim tallied his first career assist and freshmen John Stertzer and Ethan White each registered their first goals in the Red and Black.
After establishing the `Gold Standard' in 2008 with an NCAA National Championship, an ACC Tournament title and a school-record 23 wins and 15 shutouts, the Terps have a tall task ahead to repeat the kind of success they achieved just a year ago.
However, with a core of returners including All-ACC honorees Zac MacMath, Matt Kassel and Casey Townsend, solid leadership from a talented group of upperclassmen, and a promising nationally-ranked recruiting class, there are plenty of reasons to believe the 2009 Terps will reach the College Cup and beyond.
MacMath returns to goal after a spectacular freshman season where he led the nation in goals against average (0.44). He also tied a Maryland program-record with 12 shutouts and ran off a streak of 19 consecutive wins after losing his collegiate debut to California.
The biggest question mark for the Terps this season will be the backline. After being depleted by the graduation of three-year starter Rich Costanzo and the departures of All-American Omar Gonzalez, Rodney Wallace and A.J. Delagarza to the MLS, Cirovski will rely heavily on a young, fresh crop of defenders in 2009. The refurbished backline will, however, profit from the experience of Kevin Tangney as an anchor.
The midfield, along with the forward corps, should be strong units for Maryland in 2009. The Terps return seniors Doug Rodkey and Drew Yates along with sophomores Kassel and Kaoru Forbess, to the midfield.
Maryland is thrilled to return both of its starters at the forward position as junior Jason Herrick and Townsend are poised for their second season working together up front. The duo combined for 15 goals last season.
THE `09 SLATE
The Terps welcome 12 teams to Ludwig Field this season, including a four-game homestand to kick off the 2009 campaign.
In total, the Terps will battle eight NCAA Tournament teams from last season, including three that Maryland defeated in postseason play en route to its second national title in four seasons.
The schedule is highlighted by an opening weekend two-game homestand with West Coast foes UCLA and California on Sept. 4 and 6, respectively. Maryland faces North Carolina in a rematch of the 2008 national title game on Sept. 25 in front of a live television audience on Fox Soccer Channel. The Terps will take on ACC rivals Wake Forest on the road Oct. 24 before welcoming Virginia on Halloween night in College Park.