NCAA men’s soccer tournament previews
By — Steven Goff,
NCAA men’s tournament
Round of 16
No. 2 Maryland vs. Coastal Carolina
Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.
When: 5 p.m. Streaming video: UMTerps.com
Records: Terrapins 18-1-2; Chanticleers 20-2-2.
Next: No. 10 Louisville or Northwestern in quarterfinal next weekend.
Outlook: The Terrapins have been barely squeezing through, notching four consecutive 2-1 postseason victories. Last week featured a comeback against Brown and a last-minute goal by sophomore MF Dan Metzger. Maryland has enjoyed just one comfortable win in the past two months. Sunday’s match features two of the top three attacks in the country: Coastal Carolina leads the nation in goals with 62 and Maryland is third at 52. Only No. 13 seed New Mexico (55) averages more goals per match (2.62). Terrapins junior F Patrick Mullins has 14 goals and eight assists while freshman F Schillo Tshuma (Episcopal) and senior MF John Stertzer (Flint Hill) have combined for 15 and eight. Sophomore GK Keith Cardona has a 1.02 goals-against average and six shutouts but will be tested by the Chanticleers, who have been held scoreless once (in late August) and upset No. 15 Wake Forest last weekend. Jamaican senior F Ashton Bennett and sophomore F Ricky Garbanzo have teamed for 28 goals while junior MFs Pedro Ribeiro and Justin Portillo have 10 assists apiece. The Terps are in the round of 16 for the 11th consecutive season, the longest current streak in the nation, while the Chanticleers are making their first appearance in nine years.
No. 3 Georgetown vs. Syracuse
Where: North Kehoe Field, Washington.
When: 1 p.m. Streaming video: GUHoyas.com
Records: Hoyas 18-3-1, Orange 14-6-0.
Next: No. 11 Tulsa or San Diego in quarterfinal next weekend.
Outlook: After ousting 2011 runner-up Charlotte last week, the Hoyas are hosting a round-of-16 match for the first time and seeking their first quarterfinal berth. They are 8-1-0 in their past nine outings and 10-1-0 at home, the defeat coming to fourth-seeded Connecticut in early October. F Brandon Allen, the Big East’s rookie of the year, has 14 goals, including 10 game-winners. Allen, senior MF-F Andy Riemer (Georgetown Prep) and junior MF-F Steve Neumann have teamed for 29 of the squad’s 35 goals. Sophomore GK Tomas Gomez, a member of the U.S. under-20 national team player pool, returned from a midseason shoulder injury and has recorded seven shutouts in 16 starts. Despite being Big East brethren, the Hoyas and Orange have met just twice the past six years. Georgetown has won four straight in the series and is 10-5-1 overall. Syracuse advanced by upsetting Cornell and No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth – away victories that improved its road record to 7-2-0. (The Orange is 5-3-0 at home and 2-1-0 at neutral sites.) Senior MF Louis Clark scored late in overtime to defeat the Rams, 3-2, last weekend. Jordan Vale, a freshman midfielder from New Zealand, leads a balanced attack with eight goals and three assists.
— Steven Goff