Fueled by a crowd of nearly 5,000, the No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team topped No. 17 Coastal Carolina 3-2 in the home opener Monday night at Ludwig Field.
After being shut out for the first time in nearly three years against No. 14 Louisville Friday, the Terps found the back of the net a mere eight minutes into the match, courtesy of Terrapin captain Dan Metzger. Metzger, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree and a Soccer America Preseason All-American, connected with a Mael Corboz corner kick to give Maryland (1-0) the early advantage.
“That was a great win tonight against a national contender in Coastal,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I’m proud of our team because we came off a tough loss at Louisville on Friday and came out tonight very determined. I thought we had moments where we played very well in the game and scored some nice goals. I have to credit Coastal because I thought we played well defensively and they still scored two goals.”
Back Spasms for JJ is very worrisome. When does the injury bug break the team down?
Why did Buck let Gausman start the 8th? Very strange.
Paredo will not be at 3rd base long after today’s 2 error effort.
Don’t laugh but Davis us up to .192 BA
The lead for the O’s is 8 1/2 games.
“That was a fun game today. It was nice to get our first win. We did a lot of good things today. I’m proud of how our team came out and started fast and was able to get ahead and put some pressure on James Madison. They stayed focused throughout the game and I was very happy that I was able to play as many players as we did. That is really going to help with the depth and experience that we are going to need to have as we continue to go through this season. I’m just very proud of their effort and I thought it was a clean game as well. We executed well and had only five penalties.”
On quarterback C.J. Brown’s play:
“I really thought C.J. did a lot of really good things out there. You take a look at some of the runs he had out there and how he got in the end zone, I couldn’t be more proud of him. I liked how he conducted himself and handled himself today. He might have not lived up to his or our expectations in terms of completion percentage, but that’s something we can work on. He’s a competitor and warrior, and goes out there and lays it on the line.”
On the defensive takeaways:
“If you look at the numbers on possession down, we were really good. When you can get off the field on third down, that makes life a lot easier. It was a combination of guys putting pressure on the quarterback and the guys in coverage. To hold James Madison to what we did, is tremendous credit to our players and how hard they played. J.J. [Johnson] had a great interception at the end of the first half, he battled and came down with it. Anytime you can get that first turnover, is good. Our defense played well.”
On his low completion percentage:
“I didn’t do too well today in terms of throwing the football. The stats speak for themselves and that’s unacceptable. I didn’t prepare for that. It helps that we got the win. I didn’t play well today, I understand that and I’ll get better.”
On his touchdown run on fourth-and-goal:
“I wasn’t surprised. In the situation that we were at I wanted to get a good look. The offensive line was doing a great job all day. I think that the coaches had confidence in them. We were running the ball well all day. I just knew it was fourth down and don’t hold anything back and just try to get in the end zone.”
On the depth that the team has at wide receiver:
“I think the biggest thing for us is that we’ve been through the injury adversity before. People understand that you’re only one play away
Observations of a blowout:
Great crowd of 45,080 led by absolutely packed student sections on a MUGGY Saturday afternoon
CJ and the Terps had a great rushing day and a so so passing day
I watched the replay and Benanati and Scott McBrien were excellent
NOTES from umterps.com
Curtain Raisers: With the win, Maryland improved to 4-0 in season openers under head coach Randy Edsall and extended its season-opening home winning streak to 11.
Racking It Up: Maryland eclipsed 50 points for the first time since defeating East Carolina (51-20) at the 2010 Military Bowl (12//29/10). The 52 points scored by the Terps are the most by a Terrapin offense since scoring 62 against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010 (62-14).
Pound It In: Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for three scores and running backs Brandon Ross and Albert Reid each added another as Maryland rushed for five scores
All-Time TD List: Quarterback C.J. Brown rushed for three scores increasing his career total to 20, which is the ninth-most in school history. Brown has now rushed for three touchdowns in two of the last three games dating back to last season. He rushed for three at NC State (11/30/13) to close the 2013 regular season. It is tied for the sixth-highest single-game output in school history and is the most by a Terrapin quarterback.
Craddock Connects: Kicker Brad Craddock hit his first field goal of the season and the 32nd of his career with a 49 yarder that put Maryland up 17-0 late in the first quarter.
Ross Carries the Load: Running back Brandon Ross carried the ball 16 times for 86 yards and one score. For Ross, it was his fifth career rushing touchdown.
Brown to Long: Wide receiver Deon Long hauled in his second career touchdown as a Terp after C.J. Brown found the wide out down the right sideline for a 41-yard score. Long’s first career score came in Maryland’s season opener last season against FIU (8/31/13). For Brown, it was his 21st career touchdown pass moving him into a tie for 12th all-time at Maryland with Dick Shiner (1961-63).
Offensive Notes: Fullback Kenneth Goins Jr. caught his second career touchdown pass after connecting with quarterback Caleb Rowe, his eighth touchdown pass of his career … wide receiver Stefon Diggs led all receivers with five catches for 53 yards, averaging a team-high 10.6 yards per catch … wide receiver Jacquille Veii made his first career catch.
Defensive Notes: Linebacker L.A. Goree led the Terps with 14 tackles, two shy of his career high of 16 … safety Anthony Nixon intercepted one pass and now has two for his career … cornerback William Likely totaled his first career sack … defensive linemen Roman Braglio and Spencer Myers combined on a sack. It was Myers’ first career sack and increased Braglio’s total to 2.5.
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