Aug. 27, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a scoreless first half, the No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team exploded for three goals in the first 21 minutes of the second half to earn a 3-0 win against Binghamton in front of 3,486 fans at Ludwig Field on August 27. Sophomore Rich Costanzo tallied the match's first goal just 30 seconds into the second frame to push the Terps to victory. Junior Stephen King had a goal and an assist in the match and senior A.J. Godbolt recorded a pair of assists.
The Terps had many quality chances throughout the game to put goals on the board. After an even first half with Maryland holding a slight edge in shots, 9-5, the Terps ripped 19 shots at Binghamton keeper Ryan Bertoni in the second half. The Bearcats battled despite being down a man for most of the match. Liam Carson was issued a red card for a hard tackle in the 17th minute.
"In the second half, you saw a different team, a team that grew up a little bit," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We really put them under a lot of pressure with the ball, not just with defensive pressure. We were able to get into the flanks that we didn't in the first half and made their defenders turn a little bit."
The Terps' first quality chance came in the 39th minute when King used some trickery on a free kick, quickly turning and firing a blast that just missed to the right. One of Maryland's best chances came with 30 seconds to go in the half when freshmen Drew Yates and Jeremy Hall converged on a ball in the box, but the Bearcat defense held strong and took a scoreless tie into the locker rooms.
Just seconds into the second half, Hall dribbled down the right side and found King, who fired a shot at Bertoni. The Binghamton keeper made the save but the ball landed on the foot of Costanzo on the left side of the box, who drilled the back of the net for his first goal in a Terps uniform. Ten minutes later, Godbolt split a pair of Binghamton defenders down the right side and sent a cross into the box that freshman Jason Herrick headed in to put the Terps up 2-0. In the 67th minute, Godbolt took a free kick on the right side after a Binghamton foul. Freshman Omar Gonzalez got a head on the ball which bounced to King in front of the box. King blasted a shot from about 22 yards out that beat the keeper for Maryland's final goal of the match.
The top-ranked Terps will play host to No. 10 UCLA on Friday, September 1 in a huge early season test for Maryland. The match is part of a soccer doubleheader as the women play Towson at 5:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field with the men's match following at 8:00 p.m. Both matches will be televised nationally by CSTV.
"We're ready for everybody," said Cirovski. "They are a great national rival of ours. It's an important game that could have postseason implications."
The Terps will celebrate its 2005 national championship on Friday night at the UCLA game.
"(Ludwig Field) will be a little more dressed up compared to tonight," said Cirovski. "There will be a few surprises for Friday. We need a lot more seats for that match because there will be a lot of people standing. It's going to be exciting."