Sept. 21, 2005
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's Simon Omekanda scored in just the second minute which proved to be the difference as the Nittany Lions defeated No. 6 Maryland, 1-0, Wednesday night at Jeffrey Field. The loss halts Maryland four-game winning streak.
"Give Penn State credit - they scored an opportunistic goal which changed the game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We can't put ourselves in a hole on the road like that. We kept pressing and pushing until the final whistle, though."
The Nittany Lions (2-4-1) jumped on the scoreboard early after Christopher Ascherl got free on the right side and sent a cross to Omekanda who headed the ball from the six for the score in just the second minute of action.
The Terps (5-2-0) controlled the midfield and worked the ball upfield but could not connect in the final third. The Penn State back line limited Maryland to just a pair of shots in the first half.
Maryland attacked early in the second half and generated several set plays deep in the Penn State end. The Terps had three corner kicks and two free kicks just outside the box in the half's first 10 minutes but could not get any good looks at the goal.
The Nittany Lions had a chance to put the game away late in the second, but goalkeeper Craig Salvati came out to stuff two shots by Ascherl. The Terp offense cooled late with only two quality chances - a header to the back post that was snuffed out by goalie Conrad Taylor and a header by Kenney Bertz that was just off the mark to the right.
Salvati made two saves on the night while Taylor did not have to stop a shot for the Lions.
The Terps will return to action on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C., at NC State.