Rodway on the move with third-ranked Terps

Wilde Lake alum a threat as UM men host St. John's

College Soccer

September 10, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Ian Rodway has a new license to travel.

The senior on the Maryland men's soccer team is losing part of his defensive tag and starting to attack more.

"It's fun," said the midfielder and defender of the new role he gained through graduation losses in the midfield. "I just need to improve my fitness so I can get upfield quicker."

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Wilde Lake High graduate has already registered two assists and taken two shots in the Terps' 2-0 start this season. That's charging out of the gate for a player who had four goals and four assists in the first three years of his career.

"He has two beautiful assists and I look for him to have at least a couple of goals before the season is over," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski. "But I don't want that [offense] to take away from what he does best, like great ball movement, decision-making, discipline and intelligence."

Rodway will have a chance to put all those skills on display tonight at 8 at Ludwig Field in College Park, where the No. 3 Terps clash with No. 2 St. John's in the Maryland/Adidas Classic. It's a rematch of last season's NCAA College Cup semifinals, where St. John's upset Maryland, 1-0, leaving the Terps a game shy of the final for a second straight year.

UCLA ousted Maryland in the semifinals two years ago, and even though the Terps came back early last season to beat UCLA and take over the No. 1 spot in the country, the bad College Cup memories remained.

"It has left a sour taste for us," said Cirovski this week as he sent his team through final workouts for St. John's. "We lost both [College Cup] semifinals because of mental mistakes. We need to be more disciplined and focused."

Rodway said his drive to win an NCAA soccer title is as intense as ever.

"It's here," he said. "We have a lot to work on and need to come together as a team defensively and offensively."

Maryland/Adidas Classic

Site: Ludwig Field, College Park

Tonight's games:

No. 14 Penn State vs. Georgetown, 5 p.m.

No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 2 St. John's, 8 p.m.

Sunday's games:

No. 2 St. John's vs. No. 14 Penn State, noon

No. 3 Maryland vs. Georgetown, 2:30 p.m.

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