The Western Maryland men's soccer team will be looking for its third consecutive winning season Saturday when it plays host to Franklin & Marshall in its season finale.
A 6-2 win against Marymount yesterday afternoon put the Green Terrors in position to accomplish such a feat -- something they haven't done since the early 1980s.
It's been an up-and-down season for the 8-7-1 Green Terrors, who entered the season with high expectations, returning just about everyone from an 11-6-1 season.
Lately, it has been more up, as they've gone 6-2-1 in their past nine matches.
"It's really been a roller-coaster season, with a lot of highs and lows, great wins and tough losses," Western Maryland coach Matt Robinson said.
"We ran into some bad luck in the Roanoke Tournament to open the season and then came back and lost a tough one against Moravian."
Western Maryland didn't need any kind of luck yesterday. The Green Terrors outplayed visiting Marymount from start to finish, taking a 4-0 first-half lead and coasting in the second half.
"Marymount is a very young, up-and-coming team. We've been there before and I'm sure before long they will [be] more competitive," Robinson said.
"We came out and did what we had to do. We wanted to get on them early with a couple quick goals thinking they would get down, and that was the case."
Senior Brian Redding (Westminster) opened the scoring in the game's first minute, taking a feed from senior Todd Knellinger.
The Green Terrors pressed continually and Knellinger found the net midway through the half.
Senior Ron Chesney, who owned the right side throughout, got the first of his three assists.
Knellinger then found Redding again before freshman Eric Farrow (Westminster) sent a chip past Marymount goalie Joe Miro with one second left in the half.
Redding and Farrow added second-half goals.
Robinson would like to see the Green Terrors close out their season in similar fashion against a tough F&M; squad.
"We'd really like to get that win. It would be a great way to send the seniors out," he said.
"Redding, Chesney, [Eric] Resh and Knellinger have been the cornerstone of the program and have has made it what it is today -- a competitive, successful program."
Resh, a North Carroll grad, didn't play yesterday because of a bruised foot. He hopes to return by Saturday.