After back to back ties, the Maryland men's soccer team showed, as Coach Cirovski said, "We wanted to get that winning feeling back. We wanted to get out from the first whistle and show Marshall that we respect them and we're going to put out a good effort." The Terrapins did just that blanking the Marshall Thundering Herd 5-0 in a Tuesday night special at Ludwig Field in front of 1,730 fans.
The Terps were very dangerous early putting three shots on goal in the first twelve minutes or so. The first came just a minute and a half into the match when Patrick Mullins pushed through a double team at the top of the eighteen and drove a low shot picked up by Marshall goalkeeper Tyler Atwell. Maryland dominated possession and worked patiently to get Mullins another chance this time choosing to go high off the feed from Sunny Jane but Atwell again thwarted his effort in the twelfth minute. Just over a minute later Schillo Tshuma took a cross from the left but his low drive also failed to get past Atwell.
The pressure finally paid off in the nineteenth minute as Dan Metzger launched a rocket from thirty-five yards into the left corner to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. The Terps didn't need long to double the lead as Tsubasa Endoh made a dynamic run down the right side and was pulled down in the box leading to a penalty kick. With 23:26 to play in the half, Mullins stepped to the line for the sixth time this season and for the sixth time came through with the goal driving the ball into the upper right.
Holding a 2-0 lead, Maryland played comfortably with Marshall getting off its only shot of the half in the twenty-ninth minute. The Herd also managed one corner kick but never really threatened Terrapin keeper Zack Steffen. With under a minute to play, sophomore midfielder David Kabelik worked his way into the box and blistered a shot from just inside the eighteen that deflected off a Marshall defender and past a surprised Atwell propelling the Terps to a 3-0 advantage. The half ended with an unfortunate incident that resulted in a red card being issued to Maryland forward Jake Pace.
Playing the second half down a man, the Terps took a somewhat more conservative approach in their attack. Asked about that, Terrapin midfielder Dan Metzger explained, "We took one forward off and just tried to keep the ball on the ground instead of trying to play the ball over the top to the forwards. Just keep the ball on the ground and move it quick." The Terps required some time for that approach to pay off but it did in the 72nd minute on a perfect cross from the right by Jereme Raley that Mullins headed in from eight yards. The foal was the senior's second of the night and thirty-eighth of his Maryland career moving him into a tie for sixth place with Shane Dougherty on the all-time list for Maryland.
But the Terps weren't quite done with their scoring onslaught. With just under three minutes remaining, Raley played a ball from the left to Widner Saint Cyr who took it into the box and played a cross toward redshirt freshman Ryan Reid. Reid scored on a header for the first goal of his Terrapin career. Said Cirovski, "It was great to get a lot of players time tonight. To be able to get Ryan Reid on the field and for him to score in a short period of time tonight was fantastic. Getting Gordon Murie on was a special moment for me just to reward him and get him on the field. For all of the injuries and obstacles that young man has had to overcome I know was a very special moment, I know, for the whole team. And obviously, it was the first time back for Saint Cyr. He got a few minutes against Virginia but he's been battling injuries. To get a few guys in who have deserved some minutes and are coming back from injury was really gratifying tonight."
Maryland fans can hope that the coach will be able to find some more gratifying moments on Saturday when the Terps take on one of the ACC co-leaders the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Ludwig Field. Game time is set for 7 pm.