In its first action of the 2019 season, the Maryland men’s soccer team picked up a win in an exhibition against Temple, defeating the Owls 3-2 on Sunday.
The amount of turnover between this year and last year’s rosters meant there were plenty of new faces on the pitch for the Terps, with freshmen Marques Antoine, Niklas Neumann and Nick Richardson each unofficially debuting in the starting 11.
Despite Maryland being without its three leading scorers from last season — Amar Sejdic and Sebastian Elney graduated and Paul Bin sustaining a season-ending ACL injury last week — Sasho Cirovski’s attack still managed three goals on the day. Forward Eric Matzelevich, midfielder Eli Crognale and graduate transfer Luke Brown each found the back of the net.
The showing could be an indication of who could fill the holes on offense for the Terps this season. Matzelevich showed glimpses of his scoring ability last season, tallying two goals, but looks to shoulder more of the load in 2019. Crognale has only scored one goal over his last two years in College Park, so a preseason tally is a positive sign. But there are more unknowns with Brown, a Hofstra transfer, who had 16 goals in three seasons with the Pride, including six in 2018.
Although the preseason scrimmage won’t end up counting for anything, it’s good to see the Terps get back out there and come out victorious before their official title defense begins.
In other news
Former Terp and current New England Patriot rookie Byron Cowart is turning heads after steamrolling his way to a big sack against the Tennessee Titans’ first-team offense on Saturday night. After being selected in the fifth round of this past year’s draft, Cowart appears to have made a strong early impression and could push for serious playing time as early as this season.
The Maryland women’s cross country team announced its 2019 schedule on Friday. The Terps will compete in their first meet on Aug. 30 at the Mount Saint Mary’s 5K Duals in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Maryland women’s tennis added a transfer from Louisville on Friday as well, as head coach Katie Dougherty announced the addition of Chloe Hamlin to the 2019-20 roster.
After Maryland’s second scrimmage on Saturday, Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley gave some updates on the quarterback position.
Mike Locksley says that Tyrrell Pigrome and Josh Jackson both played very well and are splitting time with the first-team offense.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 17, 2019
He notes that Pigrome has been particularly impressive.
Mike Locksley says that Max Bortenschlager has a stress fracture in his foot/leg and will be out for eight weeks.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 17, 2019
Mike Locksley says that starting quarterback decision could be held off until the Sunday or Monday before the Howard game, which would be Aug. 25/26.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 17, 2019
Senior linebacker Bruce Miller was given a full football scholarship Aug. 15, here’s an outline by The Washington Post on how that night went and what that moment meant for Miller.
Senior offensive lineman Ellis McKennie enjoys playing football for Maryland, but The Washington Post’s Emily Giambalvo details how he balances that with his drive to be in politics.
In Premier Lacrosse League news, the Maryland-heavy Whipsnakes beat the Redwoods on Sunday, clinching a playoff berth in the first-ever PLL playoffs.
CLINCHSNAKES pic.twitter.com/yTPoZmyU47— Clinchsnakes Lacrosse Club (@PLLWhipsnakes) August 18, 2019
We’ve finally made it past the last weekend of the summer without college football, as the Terps and the rest of the FBS begin their seasons this coming weekend. Check our full 2019 season preview here, if you haven’t already.