Nov. 1, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team surrendered two goals following a second-half red card to drop its first match of the year 4-2 at No. 18 Wake Forest Thursday.
The Terps (14-1-2, 6-1-1 ACC) picked up goals from senior John Stertzer and freshman Christiano Francois but allowed a season-high four goals en route to their first loss of the year. Wake Forest (11-3-4, 4-1-3 ACC) managed two goals, including a penalty kick score, after a red card was issued to senior defender London Woodberry in the 65th minute.
After an early goal by Wake Forest forward Sean Okoli in the 15th minute, Maryland was able to answer 10 minutes later with a spectacular bicycle kick tally by Stertzer at 24:22. The highlight-reel goal was the MAC Hermann Trophy candidate's sixth score of the year.
Francois gave the Terps the go-ahead score at 40:32 with a flick score past Wake keeper Andrew Harris into an empty net. Jordan Cyrus was credited with the long-range assist prior to Francois purely out-running three Demon Deacons in the backline for the goal.
Maryland clung to the lead when Woodberry made two fantastic goal-line saves on a pair of very good Wake shots in the 48th minute to maintain the Terrapin advantage.
But Wake Forest would continue to press and finally broke through as Ross Tomaselli knotted up the match at 58:18 when he beat Terp keeper Keith Cardona with a nine-yard shot.
Luca Giminez's shot to the right post in the 68th minute gave the Demon Deacons the lead before Danny Wenzel took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity after a foul in the box by a depleted Terrapin defense in the 77th minute to cap the scoring.
The loss snapped a 16-game unbeaten streak. The Terps were outshot 13-11 for the first time this season.
Maryland, which already sealed up the top seed in the ACC tournament next week by capturing the conference regular season crown last Saturday, will play host to the winner of the No. 8/No. 9 first round game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals at Ludwig Field. The No. 8/No. 9 match will be played in College Park at 1 p.m. Monday.