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Men's soccer: Maryland vs. Georgetown preview

The Terps take on a local rival in a matchup of two perennial powerhouses.

Ryan Connors/Testudo Times

Maryland men's soccer continues its three-game road trip Wednesday, but this game won't be far from home. The Terps are taking on the Georgetown Hoyas (3-2-2) and look to get one in the win column after only one victory in their last four games, and only one goal in their last three.

The No. 10 Terps are coming off a scoreless double-overtime draw against Michigan State in which they only registered two shots on goal. Maryland is averaging 18.6 shots per game and .323 of these are shots on goal, so that puts its shots-on-goal average at 6, well above what they accomplished against the Spartans.

Georgetown started the season ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll, but it's been tough going for the Hoyas since then. After going winless in its first three games, the team started to tumble down in the rankings, and despite a win against preseason No. 1 UCLA and victories over West Virginia and Radford, the Hoyas were left out of the top 25 in the most recent coaches' poll. However, the Hoyas are No. 19 in Top Drawer Soccer's Composite Rankings, which combine five different polls. Georgetown is coming off of a 3-1 victory over West Virginia.

How to Witness:

Online: Streaming here, but it looks like you have to pay for it.

Twitter: Follow @ryanconnors11 for updates from the game.

Players to watch:

Joshua Yaro, defender: The Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Yaro suffered a leg injury and missed games two through five this season, but came back for the team's win over the Mountaineers.

Brandon Allen, forward: The Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the year is tied for the team lead in goals with three and first in assists, also with three.

JT Marcinkowski, goalkeeper: The freshman has been up and down so far in goal, bringing a 1.10 goals against average into this game (Maryland's Cody Niedermeier has a 0.17 goals against average, for perspective.) However, this guy is obviously talented, as he played for the U.S. national team every year from 2010-2014.


First-half defense: Georgetown has given up significantly less goals, made more saves, and committed significantly less fouls in the first half than in the second half.

Getting corner kicks: The Hoyas lead the Big East in corner kicks with 46, the same number of corners that Maryland has attempted this season. They've only allowed 27 corners by opponents.


They go offside a lot: This is a minor one, but Georgetown is first in the Big East in offsides penalties with 13.