Sept. 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team celebrated the 1,000 match in its program history with a win against George Mason, 2-0, Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
Sophomore defender London Woodberry netted his first career goal and the Terps benefited from an own goal to move to 4-1-1 on the year. Maryland has won three consecutive matches after going 1-1-1 to start the year.
Woodberry's goal ricocheted off his back past Mason keeper Sean Cote for a Terrapin lead at 54:24. The score finished a set piece from junior Matt Kassel, who paces Maryland with four assists in 2010.
The Terps second score came via a similar play at 63:36, but Kassel's drive didn't fully reach Woodberry and instead bounced off a Patriot defender's outstretched leg for an own goal.
The win avenges a tough loss in Fairfax, Va., against George Mason (4-2) in 2009. The shutout performance is Maryland's third in 2010 as a strong defensive effort held the Patriots to a mere three shots in the match.
"We did not give them many scoring opportunities and our honesty and commitment was outstanding defensively," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "That's a very good Mason team and we held them to very minimal opportunities.
"I think that's the key. We've given up two soft goals this year and we want to minimize those opportunities and we are getting better defensively. "
Though Tuesday night's contest against George Mason was officially Maryland's 1,000th in the books, the program will celebrate the milestone Friday, Oct. 1, when it plays host to Duke live on Fox Soccer Channel. The storied Maryland program boasts a 615-305-80 record since its establishment in 1946.
The Terps will next prep for a pivotal conference match at No. 3 North Carolina Friday.