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Maryland men’s soccer continues strong spring with 4-2 win over West Virginia

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The reigning national champion Maryland men’s soccer team doubled up West Virginia, 4-2, Saturday in the third match of its spring schedule.

The win at Ludwig Field was highlighted by goals by four different players, as Eric Matzelevich, Paul Bin, Justin Gielen and Mike Heitzmann each found the net.

The game had been postponed twice after originally being scheduled to open the spring slate for the Terps on March 3. It was originally postponed to April 19, but was pushed back another day due to inclement weather.

This is Maryland’s third win in three tries this spring, after knocking off Loudon United, a DC United-affiliated United Soccer League affiliate, earlier in the month at Ludwig. The Terps opened the spring of their title defense with a match in Chester, Pennsylvania, against a squad formed from reserves from MLS squad Philadelphia Union and the USL’s Bethlehem Steel.

The Terps are back in action on Saturday, April 27 at Ludwig Field, as one of four teams playing on campus during Maryland Day. The Terps will have a rematch with the Bethlehem Steel squad at 1 p.m. ET. After that, Maryland will finish its spring schedule with a May 4 match at West Point against Army.

In other news

Last week we started our NFL Draft profiles with the offense, looking at Ty Johnson, Derwin Gray and Damian Prince’s projected paths to an NFL roster. With the draft starting Thursday, we’ll continue with the defense later today.

Mike Locksley was smart to fill out his staff with coordinators with NFL experience, and they’re looking to use that experience to show Maryland football how to push its players and its program to the next level.

Locksley also picked up his fourth commit for 2020 over the weekend, as three-star offensive lineman Ja’Khi Green gave his pledge. The 6’6’ lineman comes from Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy and is the third local commit in the now-four-man class.

Men’s lacrosse had to go to overtime, but was able to outlast Ohio State and come out with a victory in the tight contest.

Baseball lost a rubber match and dropped its weekend series with Ohio State Sunday. It opened the weekend by splitting a doubleheader with the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Softball was nearly swept over the weekend by Penn State, but was able to get out of the series with a win.

Before Sunday’s game, a few Terps showed off their dance moves with a macarena to get loose.

Men’s basketball had a couple recruiting updates over the weekend, with 2020 local four-star forward Justin Lewis including the Terps in his top 10. That news came just a few hours before it was reported Maryland had extended an offer to 2021 power forward JT Thor.