The Maryland men’s soccer match against William & Mary, slated for 7 p.m. Monday, has been canceled due to inclement weather in the College Park area. It will not be rescheduled, but the Terps will look to add another match at some point in the season.
NEWS: Maryland/William & Mary match canceled due to projected inclement weather.— Maryland Soccer (@MarylandMSoccer) September 17, 2018
The match will not be made up. Maryland will look to add a match later in the season. https://t.co/FVPNem12Sv
Editor’s note: The cancellation makes this preview irrelevant, but here’s what we posted this morning.
Winless after its first four games of the season, Maryland men’s soccer (2-2-2) is now on a roll. The Terrapins have won twice in a row, most recently stunning Northwestern on the road.
Down 1-0 in the 84th minute, freshman William James Herve’s poke was the equalizer the Terps were longing for. And five minutes into overtime, he walked it off by shooting the ball right through the legs of the Wildcats goalie.
It was Maryland’s first road game since the season opener, and now it will be rewarded with three consecutive matches at Ludwig Field. The first test will be against William & Mary, which will make the trip north from Williamsburg, Virginia. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on BTN Plus.
William & Mary Tribe (2-3)
2017 record: 11-5-5 (3-2-3 CAA)
Head coach Chris Norris is in his 15th season as the head coach of the Tribe, but he’s been a member of the program since 1991. A former All-CAA defender, Norris has been a part of the majority of the school’s successes. Since being put in charge, he has taken his teams to four NCAA Tournaments, the most recent of which was just last season, a first round defeat at the hands of Columbia.
Players to know
Senior forward Ryder Bell, No. 11. The second-leading goal scorer from a year ago, Bell has gotten off to a hot in the early goings of 2018. A four-year starter, he has taken the reins of the Tribe attack thus far. Bell has four goals and an assist in just five contests, and containing him will a focal point of Maryland’s defensive strategy.
Senior forward/midfielder Antonio Bustamente, No. 10. A year after posting a team-high 15 goals, Bustamente has scored just once so far in 2018. But his impact has been felt elsewhere, as he has already racked up six assists, which is tied for the third-most in the country. Bustamente has had difficulties finishing, as evidenced by his .045 shot percentage, but he’s done a terrific job in facilitating thus far.
Offense. In a change from the previous six opponents, Maryland will face an attack that has the ability to take over a game in an instant. Thanks to the duo of Bell and Bustamente, the Tribe can outrun and outscore a team at any moment.
Goalkeeping. Freshman goalie Connor Andrews has had a horrid start to the season, sporting a 2.40 goals-against average. His save percentage of .567 is the worst in the country among qualifying players, and he gave up six goals in one game against North Carolina.
Three things to watch
1. Can Maryland’s attack keep it up? The scoring drought was beaten to death before Amar Sejdic’s miracle goal broke the ice. Against Northwestern, the Terrapins scored two goals, tripling their season total. If they are to maintain that high level of play, it can very well happen against the Tribe’s back line.
2. Does William & Mary show up against a power-conference opponent? William & Mary’s two wins came against St. Joseph’s and Longwood from the A-10 and Big South, respectively. Against Villanova, North Carolina and NC State, the Tribe are 0-3 while being outscored 11-4.
3. Does rest play a factor? Due to Hurricane Florence, William & Mary’s Friday game against Charleston was postponed—the Tribe haven’t played since Tuesday. On the other hand, Maryland finished an overtime game late on Friday night and had to travel from Illinois back to College Park.