Sept. 4, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - ACC Player of the Week Stephen King had a goal and an assist as the No. 1 men's soccer team defeated Louisville, 2-1, on September 4 in front of 2,231 fans at Ludwig Field. Sophomore Graham Zusi scored a fantastic goal for the Terps and sophomore Rich Costanzo added an assist.
Maryland dominated the pace of play for most of the match as they held a 20-5 shot advantage, including a 10-1 margin in the first half. The Terps also took seven corners while the Cardinals were not given one. The match was hard-fought throughout with 27 total fouls and seven yellow cards issued.
"It was good for our team to be in a tough game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We are young. We're going to make some mistakes, we'll learn from them, and next time I think we'll be able to close out the game a little better."
Maryland opened the first half with a couple of missed chances before striking the back of the net in the 11th minute. The Terps had possession in the offensive third as King brought the ball up. King tried to dish to Zusi in front of the box, but the ball was deflected and several players surrounded the loose ball. Zusi, who had been knocked to the ground, turned his body from right to left and knocked a shot from 18 yards out past the keeper into the right side netting of the goal.
The most important defensive play of the game came from senior David Glaudemans in the 18th minute. After a Maryland defender misplayed a ball, Louisville's Frank Jonke came away with a clear path to the goal along with two teammates on either side of him. As sophomore keeper Chris Seitz back peddled from the attack, Glaudemans hustled from the right side and tackled the ball away from an unsuspecting Jonke. The ball deflected to Seitz and the Terps kept the lead.
Maryland did not waste much time after that play to notch its second goal of the match in the 20th minute, which proved to be the game winner. Costanzo dribbled the ball down the left side looking for a cross. His ball was deflected by the Louisville defender on him, and rose into the air. The ball bounced in the box, but nobody tried to clear. King came out of the midfield and struck a shot past the keeper for his second game winner in as many matches.
The Cardinals got on the board when David Guzman found an open Ryan Meyer in front of the box in the 83rd minute. Meyer blasted a shot to the left side of the netting for the goal. The Cardinals got one more shot with 27 seconds left, but Seitz made his first and only save of the match to secure the win.
Louisville (1-2-1) goalkeeper David Simolike was credited with four saves in the match while Seitz improved his record at Maryland to 17-1-2.
No. 1 Maryland (4-0-0) will head to No. 5 Clemson on Friday, September 8 for its first ACC battle of the season which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. The Terps then return home again for another three match home stand beginning on September 13 against Mount St. Mary's. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:30 p.m.