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After an impressive 4-0 dismantling of the Stanford Cardinals Friday night on national television, the #4 Terps now look to take on the Radford Highlanders Sunday night.
Maryland (3-0) will be looking to continue their recent first half success after scoring four goals in the opening 30 minutes against Stanford. Previously, the Terps had failed to score in the first half of their first two wins.
And they couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to continue their run against.
To say the Highlanders (1-1), who are coming off a 2-0 loss to Georgetown, are a step below the Terps, is an understatement. Starting with the attack, Radford, is just as anemic on offense as the Cardinal are, if not more so. Through their first two games they have managed only 16 shots and one goal, that was scored against Appalachian State in OT. Maryland by comparison shot 29 times with six scores in their first two games.
Going up against this ineffective offense, Will Swaim and the Terps backline should have another easy night. This again will allow them to play up higher in helping push the aggressiveness of the frontline.
It will also be a great game to get bench players and freshman some more experience, especially a mystery player who entered the game wearing #9 late in the second half. The player, later discovered as Mikias Eticha, was cleared that afternoon by the NCAA. According to Sasho, Eticha has played with the D.C United Academy. Look for him to get a lot more playing time against the Higlanders.
Radford, who finished 7-9-3 (5-4-1 Big South) last season, has not faced an attack as fast and talented as the Terrapins. As Casey Townsend and Patrick Mullins harassed the Cardinal defense all night for three goals between them I couldn’t help but think how many goals these two would score against lowly Radford. Throw in the speed and quickness of Sunny Jane and the emergence of John Stertzer, the Highlanders are having a nightmare scouting Maryland.
Yet, despite the level of talent the Highlanders put on the field, the Terps cannot be caught over looking them to their first ACC game against Boston College on Sept. 9. There lies an increased risk in this after coming off a big win that has the squad’s confidence soaring.
But this game has extra meaning for Maryland than 4-0 on the season: a win Sunday would give head coach Sasho Cirvoski 300 career wins. With that in the back of their minds the players will put forth a full effort to honor their coach who has done so much for the University of Maryland.
Opponent’s Record: 1-1
Terp’s Record: 3-0
Where: Ludwig Field, College Park, MD
Time: 7 pm.
Media: Listen Live at wmucsports.com
Prediction: With head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 300 win on the line, no way the Terps drop this one. Maryland will dominate both sides of the ball again, more so on the offensive side. I see another high scoring affair for the Terps, a 5-0 win to be exact. Mullins gets multiple goals, Townsend scores as does Jane and Stertzer. Maryland will score in the first half again.