Terps Capable Of Scoring Goals In 2012
Aug. 7, 2012
2012 Women's Soccer Preview Schedule
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - This is part two of a five-part series that will preview the 2012 Maryland women's soccer team and season. Fans will be introduced to the forwards, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers that are expected to continue the elevation of the Terrapin program.
Part 2: ForwardsYou've got to score goals to win soccer games.
It is a simple statement, but scoring goals at the elite level of college women's soccer is anything but simple.
Thankfully, first-year head coach Jonathan Morgan has a pair of experienced goal-scorers headlining Maryland's corps of forwards in 2012.
Leading the way will be senior Danielle Hubka, who has split time during her first three seasons at attacking center mid and forward. A 2012 team captain, Hubka will now play primarily up top, which is her natural position.
During her three seasons in College Park, Hubka has totaled 14 goals and added six assists for 34 points. Making her goal-scoring total even more impressive is the fact that six of her 14 goals have been game-winning goals, including the game-winner at No. 11 Florida State last season and the overtime goal vs. No. 18 Boston College in the ACC tournament semifinals.
Hubka's running mate this season figures to be junior Hayley Brock, who enjoyed a terrific first season as a Terp in 2011 after transferring from Penn State.
Brock led Maryland with 19 points in her debut season and was second on the squad with seven goals.
The Acton, Mass., native has all of the physical tools to be successful at the highest level of college competition. Her elite level speed can get her behind opposing team's defenses and her physical strength to hold off defenders will create opportunities for teammates. With her playing minutes expected to dramatically increase, look for Brock's numbers to improve.
A pair of returners - Alex Reed and Marisa Kresge - enter the preseason behind Hubka and Brock, but a couple of newcomers - Gabby Galanti and Alexis Prior-Brown - are poised to challenge for playing time as well.
Reed, a junior who transferred from Loyola prior to the 2011 season, is a solid, dependable player and has the ability to break defenders down 1 v 1. Timing of runs, a good understanding of where to position herself in the box, and an improved sense of composure in front of net will give Reed a chance to significantly contribute to the Terp attacks.
Kresge missed the entire 2011 season due to a knee injury, but recovered in time to compete during spring practice. Kresge's movement off the ball and ability to find seams make her a threat to opposing team's backlines. If she continues to build off of her positive spring season she should compete for playing time right away.
Galanti is expected to play sooner rather than later. The lefty striker from Howell, N.J., is a natural scorer. Her 1 v 1 ability, whether it be facing up against defenders or with her back to pressure Gabby has the technique to break players down off of the dribble.
Prior-Brown is an exceptional athlete with a phenomenal workrate. The freshman from Pasadena, Md., has brilliant speed and is a gifted 1v1 player. She has the potential to be a dynamic playmaker and scorer for the Terps. With Prior-Brown's versatility as a player we could see her in any of the three lines.
The departure of three of the top 11 goal-scorers in school history doesn't mean the cupboard is empty for first-year head coach Jonathan Morgan. In fact, the opposite is true with plenty of options up top for the Terps in 2012.