Sept. 17, 2000
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 23 Maryland Terrapins got two first half goals from forward Abe Thompson (Fairfax, Va.) and defeated the host NC State Wolfpack 5-0, Sunday afternoon at the Method Road Soccer Complex. The game marked the ACC opener for both squads.
With their offensive explosion, the Terrapins (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak, while NC State (0-4-2) has now lost two in a row.
Thompson got Maryland on the scoreboard at the 11:17 mark, when he won possession of the ball after a Maryland corner kick and beat Pack keeper Mitchell Watson up high. Thompson gave the Terps some insurance just before the half, as he took a cross from Nick Purdom (Orange, Calif.) and netted his third goal of the season to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Maryland came out strong in the second half, with Bryan Vitagliano (Scotsdale, Ariz.) finding the back of the net off of a cross from Rob Birch (West Islip, N.Y.) just over 10 minutes into the second frame. Freshman Clarence Goodson (Springfield, Va.) then capitalized on a two-on-one break and scored at the 78:51 mark. Birch got his second assist of the game, when he found Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio) alone on the back post with just over one minute remaining to cap off the scoring. The goal was Stammler's first of his career.
The Wolfpack got their fair shots of attempts on the Maryland goal, but could not put a ball past Terps goalkeeper Christian Lewis (Ellicott, Md.). NC State's best chance came midway through the second half when Tony Malcolm beat Lewis with a shot from the top of the box, but Terps defender and Hermann Trophy candidate Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) was able to get his head on the ball at the goal line. The defensive stop was Downing's second of the day.
Maryland outshot the Pack 16-10 for the game. Lewis recorded the shutout for Maryland, as he notched six saves on the day, while NC State's Watson finished with five.
Maryland travels to Loyola on Wednesday for a regional battle at 4 p.m. That game will be played at Goucher College.
Box Score No. 23 Maryland 2 3 -- 5 NC State 0 0 -- 0
Scoring Summary: 11:17-MARYLAND: Abe Thompson (Seth Stammler, Beckett Hollenbach),
37:19-MARYLAND: Abe Thompson (Nick Purdom, Clarence Goodson),
56:31-MARYLAND: Bryan Vitagliano (Rob Birch, Jason Sardis),
78:51-MARYLAND: Clarence Goodson (Philip Salyer, Beckett Hollenbach),
89:04-MARYLAND: Seth Stammler (Rob Birch)
Shots: MARYLAND 16, NCSU 10
Saves: MARYLAND- Christian Lewis (90 mins., 6 saves, 0 goals against), NCSU-Mitchell Watson (90 mins., 5 saves, 5 goals against)
Corner Kicks: MARYLAND 7, NCSU 2
Fouls: MARYLAND 20, NCSU 22
Offsides: MARYLAND 2, NCSU 2
Cards: MARYLAND Mike Shebuski (Yellow- 46:04), NCSU Damon Butler (Yellow- 25:38) and Scott MacNeill (Yellow- 85:34)