Oct. 24, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three different players scored their first career goal as the No. 7 men's soccer team beat Bucknell, 4-1, on October 24 at Ludwig Field. The win was the 200th at Maryland for head coach Sasho Cirovski and he is just the second person in program history to reach that milestone. Senior Pat Wilson, junior Spencer Allen, and freshman Omar Gonzalez all notched their first career goals while freshman Jeremy Hall added his sixth of the season.
Cirovski joins Doyle Royal, Maryland's first and longest tenured head coach as the only two bosses to reach the 200-win plateau. They are also the coaches that brought the Terps' two national titles back to College Park. Royal had a 217-58-18 record in 28 years at the helm. Cirovski's record at Maryland is now 200-89-15 in his 14th season.
"It's not that big of a deal," Cirovski said. "It doesn't compare to the big wins, the championships wins. To me, this is a program achievement, not a Sasho Cirovski achievement. I've had lots of assistant coaches and players over the years. I think the program is in great shape and I'm really proud of that."
The Terps got going early and often in the game as they scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of action. The first strike came just 1:53 after the opening whistle. Zusi took a free kick on the right side after a Bucknell foul, but his pass into the box was headed out by a Bison defender. The clear landed on Allen's foot on the left side, who perfectly placed a blast into the right side netting from 25 yards out.
Maryland would put the game away with a pair of goals less than three minutes apart. In the ninth minute, Gonzalez intercepted a bad pass by Bucknell and took it himself down the right side of the field. He handled the ball down to the end line and delivered a cross into the box at the last second. His pass found an unmarked Hall on the far side, who headed in a shot to put the Terrapins up 2-0.
In the 11th minute, the Terps struck again when Edu fired a shot at a wide open Bucknell net. The ball was deflected away before it reached the net, but the ball found Gonzalez in the box, who put home the rebound for Maryland's third goal of the half.
The Terps had two more very dangerous chances late in the half, but keeper Joey Kuterbach made two spectacular saves to keep Maryland from building on its lead.
"The theme all week has been to bring back the energy, the enthusiasm, the spark from preseason and that is typically what we do this time of year," Cirovski said. "Over the last couple of games we brought that. The team has played with a little more bounce in their step."
Bucknell retaliated with a goal of its own in the 60th minute. Patrick Selwood sent a pass into a crowd in the box and Anthony Ferraro came up with it and put a shot into the back of the net.
Maryland responded, however, 1:27 after that to push its lead back to three. The Terrapins earned a corner kick, and Zusi sent the in-swinger that found Edu. Edu sent a header towards goal, but Kuterbach came up with the save. The shot deflected straight into the air, and Wilson met the ball at its highest point and sent in a header that beat the keeper as he was knocked to the ground.
With two minutes left on the clock and the team closing in on Cirovski's 200th victory, The Crew at Ludwig Field erupted into a "Sasho" chant that lasted until the final second and waved signs with the number 200 on them to honor Cirovski's achievement.
"It was very surprising that the fans did what they did," Cirovski said. "They amaze and surprise me everyday. I love them and I love what we have here as a program. That was completely unexpected and I didn't know how to respond, so I went and thanked them."
Kuterbach made 10 saves for the Bison, which fall to 7-7-4. Sophomore keeper Chris Seitz was credited with two saves as the Terps improve to 13-3-1.
Maryland is back in action on Friday, October 27 when it hosts Virginia Tech in the regular season finale. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field. Seniors A.J. Godbolt, David Glaudemans, and Wilson will be honored in their final home match of their Terrapin careers.