Herrick, Terps strike quickly again
Jason Herrick and the Maryland men's soccer team are taking the suspense out of extending their winning streak.
For the second consecutive match, the senior forward scored in the second minute, this time against a William & Mary squad riding a 10-game unbeaten streak. The third-ranked Terrapins proceeded to register a 3-0 triumph over the No. 13 Tribe on Tuesday for their ninth victory in a row.
On Friday, Herrick used a clever redirection 92 seconds into a 2-0 victory at Virginia. On this night, he needed just 64 seconds.
The Terrapins (13-2-1) showed little letdown in front of 1,054 spectators at Ludwig Field. Herrick's attacking partner, Casey Townsend, maintained his own outstanding form by setting up the opening goal and scoring on a superb strike in the 28th minute. Paul Torres converted early in the second half to finish off the Tribe (12-3-2).
"It was a great first half for us - we came out flying," Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Casey and Jason are just getting better and better every game. You can see their synchronicity starting to peak."
After an uneven start to the season, Herrick and Townsend have raised their combined totals to 15 goals and nine assists. More importantly, they are working effectively together, offering a two-pronged threat for the nation's highest-scoring team.
Against the Tribe, Townsend set up Herrick in stride for an eight-yard angled bid that goalkeeper Andrew McAdams deflected but couldn't stop from reaching the far corner.
"The last few games, we have been building and growing," said Herrick, who has scored a team-best eight goals. "We've been emphasizing getting the first goal as quick as we can and then get another one right away."
Maryland was relentless, hoarding possession and working combinations. Midway through the half, left back Taylor Kemp served the ball into the box from the left sideline. Townsend shielded his marker and one-timed an 11-yard, left-footed volley with power and accuracy, beating McAdams to the near corner for his seventh goal.
The Tribe, which is atop the Colonial Athletic Association, had not conceded more than a goal in a game since Sept. 15 at UNC Greensboro.
Despite the absence of injured defenders Ethan White and London Woodberry for the second straight game, Maryland's backline was firm and composed in front of goalkeeper Zac MacMath. The Terrapins have seven shutouts during the winning streak and 10 overall.
MacMath wasn't seriously tested until Ben Anderson's rising blast in the 63rd minute. By then, Maryland had expanded the lead when Torres put away a rebound from 12 yards after McAdams made a reflex save on Townsend's bid.
Maryland will close the regular season Friday against Coastal Carolina before entering the ACC tournament next week as the No. 2 seed behind North Carolina.
- VIRGINIA 4, CAMPBELL 1: In Charlottesville, Will Bates's two first-half goals led the No. 15 Cavaliers (10-3-3) over the Camels (6-8-4). Brian Span opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Bryan Lima added a goal early in the second half.