By Sebastian Obando
As the rain mercilessly poured down on Ludwig field Wednesday night, Mael Corboz found a gap in the defense and slipped in David Kabelik. Corboz had just recently received a pass on the top left of the penalty area, turning his head looking for an attacking option in the box to complete the offensive play. His pass skipped to Kabelik, who found himself through on goal for a scoring opportunity with Lehigh goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent. The junior then unselfishly laid the ball off horizontally to oncoming forward Mikias Eticha, leaving the Mountain Hawks goal unprotected. Eticha pushed the ball forward into the empty net, putting the Terps up one goal after 33 minutes.
“It feels great. It was a team goal” Eticha happily said after the game. “It was a great ball by David Kabelik. It was a team goal, great effort by everybody.”
The goal allowed Maryland to dictate the rest of the contest quite comfortably. Lehigh failed to register any clear opportunities, struggling against the chemistry of Maryland’s defense and fast pace of the midfield.
“Another solid team performance. I thought defensively we were outstanding and [offensively] we generated a lot of chances” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski claimed. “Very proud of another shutout and another positive performance for our squad”
The domination of possession created many chances for Maryland throughout the night, ultimately culminating in Eticha’s second goal after 72 minutes. The senior received a pass from defender Jereme Raley at the top of the box and redirected the ball into the back of the net.
“We’re not scared to go forward. This formation that we’re playing right now, everything is working out.” Eticha said. “We’re not afraid to go forward and get a chance to score a goal.”
The victory improves Maryland’s record to 6-5-2, who will now look to continue their winning streak on Sunday against Indiana.
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