After opening the season with a scoring drought, Maryland men's soccer's offense broke through last week, scoring three goals in two games. Two of those came off the foot of freshman William James Herve, earning the rookie an offensive player of the week award from the Big Ten, the conference announced Tuesday.
Both goals from Herve came in a 2-1 overtime win over Northwestern. With his mom looking on, the midfielder hit the equalizer and the 95th-minute game-winner allowing the undermanned Terps to open conference play with a win.
The two goals made Herve the first freshman to score twice in a match since Eryk Williamson did so in 2015. He’s also the first Terp to win a conference offensive player of the week award since Williamson earned it with a hat trick last fall.
The 6’0 French native earned the honor after just his second start. He opened the season on the bench, but has worked his way up the lineup as Sebastian Elney continues to recover from a back injury. Elney was back on the pitch against Northwestern, and came off the bench to assist Herve’s game-winner.
Here’s a look at both goals:
The Terps will be back at Ludwig Field this Friday, when Wisconsin comes to town for a 7 p.m. ET matchup on BTN.
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