Sept. 23, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 ranked Maryland Terrapins gave the AU men's soccer team all it could handle on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., handing the Eagles a 4-0 loss. This match served as the final tune-up for AU before the start of the Patriot League season.
It didn't take long for the Terrapins to strike, as Casey Townsend scored twice within the first five minutes of the game. His first tally came off a shot that Eagles keeper Matt Makowski was able to steer away on a diving save, but Townsend picked up the rebound for the easy score. Less than two minutes later Townsend finished off a pass from Jeremy Hall sent in from the left of the goal box and it was 2-0 before the Eagles had a chance to settle in.
A free kick was awarded to Maryland (6-1) around with around 24 minutes play in the first and was taken by Matt Kassel. He sent a ball to the middle of the box that was flicked on by Rodney Wallace and found Omar Gonzales who beat Makowski to the far post for a 3-0 lead.
American (3-5-1) got its best opportunity with just over six minutes left in the half when Danny Shannon took the ball down the left flank and served a low hard drive into the box that resulted in a corner kick. Luis Martinez served the ball in but the Maryland defense was able to get the clear and thwart the AU attack.
The Terps got one last chance in the half to add to their lead, but Makowski came up with a save on a shot taken by Matt Oduaran from 12 yards out and the Eagles trailed by a 3-0 deficit entering the intermission.
Maryland would add one more goal in the second half, a tally from Oduaran at 61:00 to secure the 4-0 victory. Rodney Wallace and Alex Lee were credited with assists.
"We lost to a better soccer team tonight," said AU head coach Todd West. "Now we know the level of play it takes to be an NCAA tournament team and we have to strive every day at practice to get to that level."
The Eagles were outshot by a 16-3 margin and trailed in corner kick opportunities 6-3.
Makowski finished with six saves in 67:55 minutes of play for American before being replaced by Ryan Leonard, who made two saves in the final 22:05.
AU will open the Patriot League portion of its schedule on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Army. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at West Point.