Sept. 26, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Maurice Edu headed home his first goal of the season en route to No. 3 Maryland's 1-0 victory against Loyola on September 26 at Ludwig Field. The Terps dominated play the entire 90 minutes as the Greyhounds were unable to record a shot against the defense. Sophomore Graham Zusi and freshman Drew Yates both assisted on Edu's game winner.
The Terps, who held possession in the offensive half of the field for almost the entire match, took 20 shots. Maryland also earned 11 corner kicks and did not allow Loyola a single one.
Loyola set the tone of the match early with a multitude of fouls in the early going and it never waned as the Greyhounds racked up 28 fouls and eight yellow cards in trying to slow down the Terps' attack.
"This is a team that I'm really proud of," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was a tough game for us in between Wake Forest and Duke. I know what this game means to our opponents and our kids handled it well. It was a good victory with a lot of attacking practice and it will serve us well in the future."
The entire match was filled with quality chances for the Terps to score. Junior Stephen King got things going in the 11th minute when some nifty passing led to him having the ball in the box with a clear lane to shoot. King took aim at the right side, but missed wide.
The Terps first shot on goal came at the 29:40 mark in the half when freshman Jeremy Hall received a cross on the left side of the box. He fought around a couple of Loyola defenders and tried to fire a shot at a tough angle. Hall was able to get the shot on target, but Milos Kokic came up with the save.
Maryland's best chance in the first half came off of a Zusi corner kick. He bended the corner into the box to an awaiting Omar Gonzalez, who was able to get a head on the ball with a man on him. The shot sailed to the right and hit the post, then dribbled out of bounds to thwart any chance of a score. The Terps had a few more dangerous opportunities to score in the first half, but the teams went into halftime tied 0-0.
Maryland got on the attack early again at the 38:39 point in the second half when Hall ended up with a loose ball on the right side of the box and Kocic well out of position. Hall fired a low shot that a Loyola defender deflected away to keep the Terps off the scoreboard.
Not long after, Zusi took the ball down the right side of the pitch and delivered a long cross into the box. The pass found Yates on the left side of the box, who decided to head the cross towards the middle. Edu, who was making a run down the center, took the ball out of the air and headed home a shot into the right side to give the Terps the 1-0 edge in the 61st minute.
Loyola was never able to get any sort of attack going until the waning minutes of the match. Up until then, a couple of crosses skipped harmlessly across the box in the second half. With a minute and a half left in the match, the Greyhounds earned a free kick on the right side of their offensive third. A pass was sent into the box, was knocked down, and eventually cleared by the Terps' back line.
Kocic recorded four saves in just his second start of the season for the Greyhounds, who fall to 1-7-1.
The Terps (9-1-0) will be back in ACC action on Friday, September 29 when No. 14 Duke comes to Ludwig Field for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff. The match will be televised nationally by the Fox Soccer Channel.