Oct. 14, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapins took advantage of some early chances and then pulled away in the second half to defeat No. 10 North Carolina, 4-1, Friday night at Ludwig Field in front of a nationally televised audience on Fox Soccer Channel.
The Terrapins (10-3-0, 4-1-0 ACC) notched their fifth-straight win of the season and their sixth-consecutive against a ranked opponent. The Tar Heels (9-3-1, 1-3-1 ACC) have lost three of their last four, including three straight ACC contests.
"We knew we would be have to be good in the final third, and our execution on counter-attacks was exquisite," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "UNC did the best job of possessing the ball against us than any other team we've faced, so it was important that we converted on our chances."
Despite good chances by the Tar Heels in the early going, the Terps notched the game's first goal on an opportunistic score by Robbie Rogers. On the play, UNC goalkeeper Ford Williams attempted to pull down a ball on cross, but lost possession as he came to the ground. Rogers was there to collect the ball and finish for the score at 20:55.
Just under two minutes later, the Terps went ahead 2-0 on a well executed play in the offensive third. A.J. Godbolt worked his way free on the right side and sent a high bending cross into the box. Instead of going up for the header, Maurice Edu chested the ball back toward Chris Lancos who was unmarked at the top of the box where he buried the shot for past Williams.
Maryland had no let-up in the second half as Edu scored on a cross from Godbolt in the 47th minute. Godbolt's pass cleared over the Tar Heel back line and found the foot of Edu who made a run at the far post. Jason Garey notched Maryland's fourth goal on the evening in the 54th minute with a skillful one-on-one move just outside the box. Garey faked to his left and then created space with a touch to the right where he then squeezed his shot near post from 12 yards out.
For Garey, it was his fifth-straight game with a goal.
A UNC red card seemed to bring the team to life as the Tar Heels got on the board in the 65th minute on a goal by Brian Shriver. Shriver took a feed from Ben Hunter and directed his shot at goal where it glanced off a Terp defender and floated over the out-stretched arms of Chris Seitz.
Despite out-shooting Maryland 14-12 for the game and amassing 11 corner kicks, the Tar Heels were unable to record another goal. Despite the numerous dangerous chances, Seitz was only forced to make one save.
The Terrapins will return to action for another important contest when they play host to Virginia on Wednesday night at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.