Oct. 3, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. - Maryland midfielder Jeremy Hall scored a pair of goals, but Clemson erupted for five scores to upset the No. 4 Terps men's soccer team, 5-3, on Friday night at Historic Riggs Field.
Maryland opened up shooting at 1:40 when Graham Zusi, who was absent during Tuesday's win against Binghamton, fired a shot wide of the goal. Clemson countered in the 8th minute when David Newton's shot was blocked by the Maryland backline before it could get to keeper Will Swaim.
For nearly sixty seconds around the 17th minute, Maryland controlled the ball in and around the box, passing the ball from the near side to the far, eventually resulting in a Terrapin corner kick. Omar Gonzalez was able to attempt a soaring header in the middle of the box, but the shots went wide and halted the drive. Three minutes later, Maryland challenged again when Rich Costanzo sent a nice cross over to Jason Herrick, but his header fell into the hands of Tiger goalkeeper Joseph Bendick.
Maryland finally connected on a header at the 26:35 mark. Gonzalez gained possession of the ball 15 yards out from the goal and sent a ball over to Doug Rodkey on the near sideline. Rodkey then sent a cross over the box to Jeremy Hall who put the ball in the back of the net. It is Hall's third goal of the 2008 campaign.
Clemson had another scoring opportunity cut off by Maryland's stingy defense in the 28th minute when Nick Burton's shot was blocked by Gonzalez and kept out of harm's way.
At the 31:53 mark, Zusi maintained possession and chipped it over to Drew Yates who stretched for a shot that went wide of the post. Two minutes later, Yates launched another close call, this time high, off a Kaoru Forbess pass.
Clemson got the equalizer at 39:01 when Michael Brooks finally broke free from the Terp defense and created a one-on-one down the far side of the box that went sailing past Swaim for the score.
Maryland took back the lead in the 61:16 when Rodkey took the ball down the near sideline and chipped in a pass to Casey Townsend in the middle of the box who one touched it and sent a rocket past Bendick for a 2-1 Maryland advantage. The goal was Townsend's team-leading sixth of the year and Rodkey's second assist of the evening.
Clemson struck back again at the 72:25 mark when Brooks put a ball in the back of the net at close range from the far side of the post.
Tension continued to mount following the score and a foul on Kevin Tangney, who had just subbed in for Gonzalez, in the box resulted in Maryland's first penalty kick this season. Hall took advantage as Bendick leapt to his right and Hall shot the ball left for a 3-2 Terps lead.
The Tigers fired right back, when six minutes later Brooks hit for the hat trick, putting a header past Swaim. Clemson took its first lead thirty seconds later when Hassan Ibrahim was left alone in the same section of the box for a score. Following the goal, Swaim was replaced by freshman Zac MacMath.
Brooks picked up Clemson's third score in a matter of a minute and a half when he netted a goal from the middle of the box past MacMath in the 89th minute. It was Brooks fourth goal of the game.
"What Clemson did to us tonight is what we are used to doing to other teams," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We are going to look at tape and really figure out where exactly we broke down."
Maryland out-shot their opponent for the tenth straight game, this time by an 18 to 14 margin. The Terps fall to 7-3-0 and 2-2-0 in ACC play. Clemson improves to 3-4-1 and 2-1-1 in the conference.
The Terps head back to College Park for a non-conference match against Charlotte on Tuesday night. First kick is set for 7 p.m.