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Maryland men’s soccer vs. Georgetown preview: Terps host Hoyas in local battle

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The storied rivalry takes to the soccer pitch for the second straight season.

Men's soccer huddle Kai Buck Dambach

Coming off a blowout 5-0 victory earlier this week against Hartford, the No. 7 Maryland men’s soccer team (1-0-1) face No. 24 Georgetown (0-2-0) this Friday in what should be a more even contest.

On paper, the Hoyas look far weaker than they actually are, having failed to score a goal in their two matches thus far. A closer look at their schedule shows that they’ve come up against some tough opposition, including then-No. 2 Akron and West Virginia.

The Hoyas were unlucky to concede late goals to both Akron and West Virginia. The Zips scored in the last seconds of regulation while the Mountaineers snuck one past the keeper 10 minutes before the final whistle.

How to Witness:

Online: BTN Plus, WMUC Sports.

Twitter: Follow @smooks_reports for updates from the game.

Players to watch:

Arun Basuljevic, midfielder. The junior was a first-team All-Big East selection a year ago. As a sophomore, he started all 21 games and was Georgetown’s third-leading scorer with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Additionally, he both put in a goal and an assist against Maryland in last year’s contest.

JT Marcinkowski, goalkeeper. Marcinkowski had a rookie year to remember for Georgetown last year, earning First-Team All-Big East as well as Big East Freshman of the Year honors. He started all 21 games and posted 63 saves on the season. He’s had 14 saves already this season and only allowed two goals against two very offensive-minded teams.

Strength:

Goalkeeping. Sophomore goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski was one of Georgetown’s lone bright spots against West Virginia, coming up with six saves against a physical, high-octane Mountaineer offense. His performance in goal kept the Hoyas in the game until the final whistle.

Weaknesses:

The Offense hasn’t started ticking yet. The blue & gray were outshot 20-6 by Akron and only took three corner kicks all game, compared to the Zips’ 13. Similarly, West Virginia outshot the Hoyas 13-3. But this time, Georgetown bested the Mountaineers 6-2 in corners. The stats look to be trending towards the positive and it’s important the Terps do not take their defensive duties lightly.

Maryland is 28-2-1 in 31 total meetings between the squads. The Terps are winless in their last three meetings against Georgetown, having lost two and drawn one. The two teams last met in September 2015 at Shaw Field, which the Hoyas won, 2-1.

Friday’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network Plus, and live stats can be found here.