Nov. 14, 2008
CARY, N.C. - The Maryland men's soccer team is heading back to the ACC Championship game for the first time since 2004 after defeating third-seeded Boston College, 1-0, Friday night at a rain-soaked WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Terps (17-3-0) controlled the tempo the majority of the contest but benefited from a little bit of luck with 12:35 remaining in the second half. Sophomore forward Jason Herrick fired a shot at Boston College keeper Chris Brown, which was saved, but an effort to get the ball out of harm's way by the Eagle defense went awry as the ball crossed the line and into the back of the net for the lone goal of the game.
Up to that point, Brown was flawless for the Cavaliers, racking up four saves, including a dangerous pair back-to-back when Graham Zusi fired a shot at 24:45 and Herrick followed the rebound with another solid strike only to be blocked out by Brown. On the contest, the Terps outshot the Eagles, 11-8, and dictated play in the midfield.
Not to be outdone, Maryland freshman keeper Zac MacMath, who tallied his 13th consecutive win Friday, mustered three saves and put together his seventh shutout of the 2008 campaign. The rookie set a tone when he made a diving save approximately eight minutes into the game off a shot by BC's Karl Reddick.
"I am delighted with this victory and excited to play in the finals," head coach Sasho Cirovski, who is heading back to the championship game for the sixth time at Maryland, said. "It's been too long since our program has been there and I am thrilled that this group of players will get the opportunity."
The second-seeded Terrapins advance to the ACC Championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cary versus either Wake Forest or Virginia. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports Net.