Hicks' goal, assist power Towson over Maryland, 2-1


September 24, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Todd Hicks' emergence as a bona fid college forward continued yesterday, as he scored one goal and assisted on the other in Towson State's 2-1 victory over Maryland.

A 17-year-old freshman from Bowie who began the season playing left midfield, Hicks scored the Tigers' first goal and assisted on Ryan Burke's game-winner. Both scores began with a Ricky Bush corner kick and occurred within a five-minute span midway through the first half.

Maryland (1-5) had jumped on top in the 17th minute when freshman Carlos Corona assisted Greg McLaughlin, but Towson State (4-2) recovered thanks to a gusting wind at its back and beat the Terps for the second straight year.

Hicks got the equalizer less than two minutes later, redirecting Erik Washington's header past a screened Carmine Isaaco. After Towson State's next corner kick, the Maryland goalie got a hand on a Hicks shot, but Burke one-touched the loose ball in at the 22:56 mark.

It was Towson State's third straight win since a 1-2 start, which caused coach Frank Olszewski to tinker with his lineup. He has six starters back from a team that brought the university its third straight East Coast Conference title, but Joe Layfield and Ed McCue, who combined for 32 goals in 1991, weren't among them. The Tigers were blanked in their first two games against Division I foes, including a 2-0 loss to Coastal Carolina on Sept. 12.

Enter Hicks, a standout for Bowie High the previous two seasons. While the Bulldogs were going unbeaten and Marc Jonas -- now at N.C. State -- was getting the publicity, Hicks was scoring 25 goals. He has four goals and an assist in the last three games.

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