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Maryland soccer at a glance

All-American John Stertzer looks poised to lead the Terps back to the NCAA Tournament.

2011 Record: 14-4-3 (4-2-2 ACC)

Key Returners:

MF John Stertzer (14 goals, 4 assists)
FW Patrick Mullins (6 goals, 3 assists)
MF Sunny Jane (1 goal, 8 assists)
DF London Woodberry (1849 minutes)
DF Taylor Kemp (1 goal, 4 assists, 1953 minutes)

Key Losses:

FW Casey Townsend (17 goals, 2 assists)
MF Kaoru Forbess (6 assists)
DF Alex Lee (1467 minutes)
GK Will Swaim (1590:18 minutes, 1.02 GaAvg, 45 saves, .714 save%, 5 shutouts)

Key Additions:

DF Michael Ambrose (No. 2 ranked)
GK Cody Niedermeier (No. 58 ranked)
FW Ntokozo Tshuma (No. 60 ranked)
DF Dakota Edwards (No. 83 ranked)

Overview:

The Terps started last season with an incredible 11-0-1 record but sputtered a bit at the end with a 3-4-2 records, falling to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This year the Terps have the task of replacing All-American Casey Townsend, who also happened to be the fifth overall pick in the MLS Draft. Fellow All-American John Stertzer looks to be the man ready to step up in his place while Patrick Mullins and facilitator Sunny Jane make for a dynamic trio on offense. All-ACC selections London Woodberry and Taylor Kemp will anchor the back line and will be joined by freshman Michael Ambrose, the No. 2 overall recruit. Sophomore Keith Cardona will likely be in the net after starting four games last season, including both in the NCAA tournament.

Projected 2012 Record: 15-4-2

The ACC is always a very tough conference with national powers Boston College, Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina all able to give the Terps a fit but they have an incredibly rough start to the season with three of their first four games against teams ranked in the National Top 10. If the Terps, ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA preseason coaches’ poll, can survive then the rest of the schedule should be a lighter load.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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