Nov. 14, 2007
CARY, N.C. - Ben Nason and Patrick Nyarko scored seven of Virginia Tech's nine points as the Hokies defeated the Maryland men's soccer team, 3-0, in quarterfinal action of the 2007 ACC Championship at the SAS Soccer Complex on November 14. The Terrapins will now await their NCAA fate when the field is announced on Monday.
Nason scored the first and the third goals of the day while Nyarko added a goal and an assist. Charles Campbell and Georg Zehender also added assists in the win.
"This was a difficult loss for us," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We worked very hard but not very smart. We expended a lot of energy on the attack and defense and we were worn down. Their first goal was a nice free kick by Nason and it is tough to comeback because Virginia Tech is a very poised team. We were unlucky as well. With another inch Graham Zusi would have scored on the free kick."
"I am proud of the way our team kept fighting," Cirosvki added. "This was not your typical Maryland performance. I am really pleased with the run we made over the last 10 games. I know we are much better than the team we showed today. We're going to turn this negative into a really big positive."
The first half was played primarily in the midfield with both teams getting off three shots. The Hokies had the first chance of the day five minutes in when Charlie Campbell handled the ball on the left side. He found Patrick Nyarko inside the box who fired a shot on goal, but it was right at freshman keeper Will Swaim who made the save.
In the 22nd minute, a Virginia Tech player was taken down on a break and was awarded a free kick from 25 yards out. Charlie Campbell started by playing the ball to Ben Nason for the shot. Nason blasted a low shot past the wall and Swaim to give the Hokies the 1-0 lead.
Maryland was unable to get a shot off until the 9:30 mark of the half as senior Stephen King set up freshman Rodney Wallace on the left side of the box. Wallace played the ball at a tough angle and got the shot off but Markus Aigner made the save.
At the 5:00 mark with Maryland on the attack, senior Aki Kadotani and King set up Wallace in the middle of the box but a Hokie defender made a good slide tackle to keep the Terps from getting off an open shot.
The Terps were inches away from the equalizer with 3:45 to go in the half. Freshman Yannick Salmon was taken down on the left side of the box to give Maryland a free kick. Junior Graham Zusi and King set up behind the ball from 22 yards out, the same spot where they both have hit a goal the last two games. Zusi took the shot this time and launched a beautiful ball but it hit the left post and bounced away, keeping the score at 1-0 into halftime.
The Hokies notched the first quality chance of the second half at 28:15 when the Tech back line sent a long ball to a streaking Nyarko in the middle of the field. Junior A.J. Delagarza was right behind him and Swaim came out to cut off the angle. Nyarko tried to tip it past Swaim but he made the save to stop the attack.
Maryland had a chance at the 26:45 mark when junior Rich Costanzo found King with a long pass on the left side of the box. King blasted a shot but Aigner made the save to keep the Terps off the board.
Virginia Tech added to their lead not much later with 25:38 left in the game with a Nyarko goal. Georg Zehender played a ball into Nyarko who went one-on-one with Swaim and got the ball past him to cushion the Hokies' lead.
Virginia Tech added to its lead again with 7:04 left in the game when Nyarko sent a pass into the box from the left side. Nason was streaking down the middle and redirected the ball slightly to beat the keeper, making it 3-0 in favor of the Hokies.
Maryland (10-5-4) will learn its NCAA fate on Monday, November 19 as the Division I Men's Soccer Championship selections will be made live on ESPNews between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.