After a very tough loss to Michigan State in their season opener, the Maryland men’s soccer team got back on track with a resounding 5-0 victory over Northeastern on Sunday night. Casey Townsend scored two goals on the night, both of them headers, including the first one of the game (10′). In the 30th minute, Huskies’ goalie Oliver Blum was called for a six-second violation, giving the Terps a free-kick on the outer edge of the box. Matt Kassel executed, smashing the ball in for a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes into the second half, Townsend scored again, this time off a beautiful cross from Billy Cortes. Jason Herrick scored ten minutes later on a diving header in traffic, beating Blum to the ball. Cortes scored the last goal of the game, flicking the ball of his back heel from a Sunny Jane assist.
Jane was one of the more impressive players for Maryland in the game. A true freshman from Prospect, Ky., Jane wowed Terps fans with his ball handling skills and flashy moves. Zac MacMath played very well in goal, also, earning his first shutout of the year.
Player of the Game: Cortes. His goal was beautiful, and he was involved on almost every scoring opportunity for the Terps.
The Terps’ next game is the first in-conference affair of the year – September 10th at Boston College. On an additional note, this week’s NSCAA poll was released, and the Terps have dropped from #6 to #9 after the 1-1 start.