Sept. 23, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Jeremy Hall and sophomore Graham Zusi scored a pair of late goals for No. 6 Maryland to lead the Terps to a 2-1 come-from-behind win against No. 7 Wake Forest on September 23. Hall scored in the 79th minute and Zusi connected on a penalty kick in the 85th to lead the Terps to victory. The match was played in front of a Spry Stadium record crowd of 4,413 spectators.
Juniors Stephen King and Maurice Edu were credited with the assist on Hall's equalizer. Hall's goal was the fourth of the season and it was the sixth for Zusi. The Terps improve to 8-1-0 with the win and 2-1-0 in the ACC.
"In the second half, we corrected things and were more aggressive on defense," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We played with a purpose and that was a championship performance."
In all three of its road matches this season, the Terps have set an attendance record. At Old Dominion on August 27, Maryland drew 3,321 fans to the ODU Soccer Stadium which set the collegiate record at the field. At Clemson on September 8, a regular season record crowd of 6,821 came out to watch the ACC battle at Historic Riggs Field.
The Demon Deacons spent most of the first half on the offensive and it started quickly when they got a quality chance in the first 45 seconds. Ryan Solle took a free kick on the left side after a Maryland foul and delivered a hard pass into the box. A WFU player making a run tried to get a head on it, but just missed and the cross was saved by sophomore keeper Chris Seitz.
Wake Forest converted on its second chance of the game when Mike Lahoud made a move around a defender and sent a through ball on the right side to Marcus Tracy. Tracy took Seitz one-on-one and sent a shot to the lower left corner of the goal to put the Demon Deacons up 1-0 in the third minute.
The rest of the first half was filled with dangerous chances from Wake Forest. Tracy had another shot at a goal when a shot he fired went high of the target. With 11 minutes to go, Zack Shilawski stole the ball from an unsuspecting Terp defender and fired a shot that just missed to the right side. The final quality chance of the half came with six minutes to go when Lyle Adams sent a header to the top left corner off of a free kick that barely missed.
Maryland came out with a different attitude in the second half with fierce defending and quality chances. The Terps first dangerous opportunity came at the 28:20 mark when Zusi dribbled the ball down the middle of the pitch. Zusi dished off to freshman Drew Yates making a run down the left side and Yates took the ball into the box and fired to the lower left corner, but Brian Edwards made the save on a diving attempt.
Four minutes later, sophomore Matt Beckman tried to fire a shot over the Wake keeper, but Edwards tipped the blast over the goal.
With 12:30 remaining in regulation, Seitz came up big for the Terps when he made a diving save to his right. The rebound spilled in front of him and a Wake player tried to knock the rebound home but Seitz was able to fight him off to keep the Terps in the match.
Less then a minute after Seitz's save, King found Edu in the middle of the field who then sent a long pass to Hall who had plenty of open space in front of him. Hall took the ball and went one-on-one with Edwards and calmly sent a low shot to the right side that beat the keeper for the equalizer in the 79th minute.
With less than six minutes to go, senior David Glaudemans found Hall again in the offensive third. Hall tried to take the ball the rest of the way with a defender on him. The two reached the box, and Hall was taken down trying to get by the defender. Zusi stepped into the box to take the penalty kick and he beat Edwards, who guessed correctly, to the upper left hand corner.
Seitz was credited with three saves in the winning effort for the Terps. Edwards also stopped three shots for Wake, which falls to 7-2-0 and 1-2-0 in the conference.
"Any chance you get to win on the road in the ACC, it's big, especially against a team like Wake Forest in a place that is not easy to play in," Cirovski said.
The Terps return home to Ludwig Field for a pair of matches next week. Maryland will host Loyola on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. and then will battle Duke on Friday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. in a match televised by Fox Soccer Channel.