No. 12 Maryland Tops Clemson, 2-0

Oct. 31, 2004

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 12th-ranked Maryland men's soccer team used a stifling defense and benefited from a pair of goals from Jason Garey to lead the Terps to a 2-0 win over Clemson Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The Terps picked up the win on Senior Day, as Maryland's six seniors were honored prior to the start of the game.

With the victory, Maryland moved to12-4-1 and 3-2-1 in conference play, while Clemson dropped to 8-7 on the year and 2-4 in the ACC.

The Terp defense kept the Tigers from threatening most of the day and Noah Palmer stopped three shots on goal as Maryland stretched its winning streak to five. The Terps have allowed just two goals in those five games and recorded three shutouts.

Garey's two goals give him 16 on the season, the seventh-most in Maryland history. The last player to score that many in a year was Taylor Twellman, who also had 16 goals in 1998.

After controlling possession in the early going, the Terps got on the board by pressuring the Clemson defenders into a mistake. A soft pass back between defenders at the top of the Clemson box was taken away by A.J. Godbolt who quickly fed Garey. Garey fired the shot from 10 yards out for the score as Maryland took the 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.

The Terps continued to control the flow of play and possessed the ball throughout the rest of the first half. Clemson managed just one shot in the first 45 minutes, a 20-yard shot from Bradley Gibson that sailed over the net.

Maryland pulled ahead 2-0 after Palmer sent a booming goal kick past the midfield stripe. Abe Thompson held off a Tiger defender to win the 50/50 ball, and headed it toward the Clemson goal. Garey beat his defender to the ball and buried a 12-yard shot in the lower right corner past Tiger keeper Hunter Gilstrap. Despite giving up the two goals, Gilstrap made six saves on the day.

Thompson, who was seeing his first action since Oct. 10 against North Carolina, moved just one point shy of tying Eberhard Klein atop Maryland's career points list with his assist. Thompson has 108 career points.

Clemson applied more pressure in the final 15 minutes getting four shots and three corner kicks, but never threatened the Terps inside the 18-yard box.

Prior to the game, seniors Jason Arnold, Domenic Mediate, Noah Palmer, Ian Rodway, Abe Thompson and Ellis Welker were honored.

"You always worry on Senior Day that emotions could tip you into a state of the past rather than the present, but our guys did a really good job," head coach Sasho Cirovski. "I thought we controlled the flow of play throughout. Defensively we were sharp, Noah was confident and we defended set pieces and throw extremely well.

"Our team is getting better, we're making progress."

"All of us underclassmen respect the seniors so much that we wanted to play well for them," Garey said. "It sounds corny, but they've been our mentors and friends, so we wanted to come out and really show how much we appreciate them."

Maryland will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 5, as the Terps travel to take on No. 2 Virginia. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Clemson (8-7, 2-4)           0   0   0
#12 Maryland (12-4-1, 3-2)   1   1   2
Scoring: MD-Garey (Godbolt) 17:08; MD-Garey (Palmer, Thompson) 58:42
Shots: MD-5+8=13; CU-4+5=9
Saves: MD-0+3=3; CU-2+4=6
Corners: MD-5+0=5; CU-2+5=7
Fouls: MD-4+4=8; CU-7+6=13