CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, July 22, 2012
Newcomer Terrence Boyd had a breakout performance in his regular season debut on Saturday, netting two goals for Rapid in a four-goal rout of Wacker Innsbruck.
The 21-year old produced a pair of bookend goals when he opened the scoring in the 4th minute and adding another in the 71st.
Boyd kicked off Rapid's season in style with a sliding strike just in front of the box. Former Wacker midfielder Muhammed Ildiz started off the attack with a perfect midfield pass down the left side for Christopher Drazan, who swung into the box for Boyd to smash home the opener past Szabolcs Safar in front the Rapid faithful.
The hosts doubled the lead after 20 minutes when Drazan, after being brought down on the left flank, did nicely to feed ahead for captain Steffen Hofmann who then found Stefan Kulovits on the right. The Rapid veteran stepped past defender Simon Piesinger and unleashed a strike in the upper left netting for the 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Boyd repaid Drazan the favor of his first goal in the 56th minute after the German-American chased down a pass at the top of the box, shook off defender Thomas Bergman, and relayed over to Drazan on the left during a 2-on-1 break, who easily tapped past Szabolcs Safar to stretch the lead to three.
The Tyrolean defense, netminder and goalpost helped out Boyd in his second goal in the 71st minute. Unguarded at the top of the box, the former Borussia Dortmund striker fielded a pass from Hofmann and shot low from 12 yards out. Although Safar was there for the deflection, the ball blooped off the crossbar, down inches in front of the line, and back into the net.
Boyd exited a minute later to applause for Lukas Grozurek.
With the win Rapid stand at the top of the standings after one week, and head down the road next Saturday to face Wiener Neustadt, losers to Mattersburg this weekend.