Oct. 24, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team lost a hard-fought battle at No. 3 Wake Forest, 1-0, on Saturday night at Spry Stadium.
Wake Forest's only goal came courtesy of a penalty kick at 5:32. Demon Deacon midfielder Luke Norman was taken down inside the box, setting up the penalty kick for Wake's top scorer Zack Schilawski. Schilawski then connected on the kick to give Wake the early lead. It is the first penalty kick Maryland has surrendered in the 2009 season.
The Terps picked up their first good look at goal nearly four minutes later. Taylor Kemp made a drive down the far sideline and shuffled the ball over to Billy Cortes in the midfield. Cortes then set up the ball for a Drew Yates shot 15 yards out, but his shot was blocked.
Zac MacMath kept it a one-goal game in the 13th minute with a great save off a close-range strike from Schilawski, who had managed to break free from the Terrapin backline.
Jason Herrick had a solid scoring chance in the 12th minute when a ball snuck through Wake's backline, but a bid to settle the ball with his head then feet went awry and kept the Terps off the scoreboard.
Wake Forest continued to fire shots in the first period, but the Terrapin defense, while using six different players, held steady.
Maryland ended the stanza with its closest scoring opportunity. With the seconds ticking away, Jason Herrick, being the closest player to the ball, lined up for a corner kick with ten seconds remaining. The ball ricocheted off of an airborne Kevin Tangney's head and deflected to freshman London Woodberry, whose close-range strike went directly into the arms of Wake keeper Akira Fitzgerald as time expired.
The Terps came out of the locker room controlling possession for the majority of the second half. Herrick nearly added to his team-leading eight goals at 62:32 when Kaoru Forbess served a through ball to the junior captain, but his strike went wide.
With just under ten minutes remaining, Matt Kassel had a nice run down the near sideline, but his drive ended when he was tripped up with Fitzgerald just outside of goal.
"This was a game of two halves...they controlled the first half and I think we were the better team in the second," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "To lose on a penalty kick is deflating and we left some good chances unfinished. It's a tough one to take but we had a lot of players step in and do a good job tonight. Our kids fought hard."
Saturday's loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Terps, who had not lost since Oct. 2 at Duke. A total of seven Terrapin freshmen saw significant playing time against the Deacs, including Jordan Cyrus who made his first career start.
Maryland (10-4-1, 4-2-1 ACC) has one remaining conference test when Virginia visits Ludwig Field next Saturday, Oct. 31. Wake Forest (11-2-2, 4-1-1 ACC) now sits in the driver's seat with two ACC games remaining at Boston College and at home versus Duke to close out the season. North Carolina is also in the mix with 13 points in the ACC standings following a win over Virginia Tech Saturday night.