Oct. 26, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Stephen King scored a goal and an assist in the first half as the third-ranked Maryland Terrapins downed New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 4-0, Wednesday night at Ludwig Field. The Terps won their eighth straight game and recorded their third consecutive shutout.
The Terps dominated possession and racked up season highs in shots (33), shots on goal (17) and corner kicks (15). Maryland held the Highlanders to just three shots in the entire game, and did not allow any shots on goal.
In addition to King's three points, Maryland received goals from a trio of freshmen in Matt Beckman, Robbie Rogers and Graham Zusi. Seniors Michael Dello-Russo, Jason Garey and Marc Burch registered assists on the night.
Maryland controlled the early part of the game but the Highlanders were able to keep the Terps out of the net for the majority of the first half. King finally broke through in the 40th minute after a foul led to a free kick 25 yards out. Dello-Russo put a soft touch on the kick leading King to his right where fired for the score. Just four minutes later Maryland pushed the lead to 2-0 after NJIT keeper Collin Cunning stopped a hard shot from King but could not control the rebound. Beckman gathered the rebound and deposited the ball into the net for the score.
Despite just three shots in the first half, NJIT did create a dangerous chance for Victor Bertini midway through the first on a counter-attack. However, Bertini's shot just missed the frame right. The Highlanders' other two shots in the half were taken from well outside of the box.
Rogers helped put the game away early in the second half on a combination play with Garey in the box in the 53rd minute. Zusi notched his fourth goal of the year after volleying a rebound on a Burch shot in the 70th minute to round out the scoring.
Senior Craig Salvati was credited with his third shutout of the year in his eight start this season. Salvati was not forced to make a save in the game.
The third-ranked Terrapins will be back in action on Saturday for the highly anticipated matchup against fifth-ranked Indiana. The Hoosiers were also winners on Wednesday, 3-0, over Notre Dame.