Oct. 21, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 3 Maryland men's soccer team put forth a valiant effort at No. 2 North Carolina Friday night, escaping with a 1-1 tie to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
John Stertzer tallied his 12th goal of the season in the 51st minute to spark the Terps (13-1-2, 4-1-1 ACC) to a crucial tie on the road with two conference games remaining. Maryland thwarted one of the nation's most potent offenses, despite playing a man-down for nearly 50 minutes. Will Swaim led a stellar defensive showing with a season-high seven saves.
After a scoreless first half, Maryland came out firing in the second stanza, ultimately resulting in a goal 5:18 into the period. After a serve from the near sideline from Kaoru Forbess was jumbled around in the box, Stertzer stepped up in traffic and blasted a shot past Scott Goodwin to his right for the score.
North Carolina (11-2-2, 3-1-2 ACC) responded with a penalty kick goal from Enzo Martinez 10 minutes later. After a shot by Ben Speas was saved on the goal line by London Woodberry, the follow-up attempt by Billy Schuler was also stopped, but Woodberry was charged with a handball and given a straight red card. The play set up the penalty kick chance for Martinez and put the Terps down a player for the remainder of the match.
Maryland continued to put together scoring chances while playing disciplined defense on the other end of the field. The Terps salvaged a tie despite being outshot 23-10. They are 2-0-2 in overtime matches in 2011.
"I'm delighted to come out of here with a tie considering we had to play a man-down for the last 50 minutes of the game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I think our guys put in a great effort and we'll take this. I'm normally not happy with ties but we'll take one tonight.
"We came out in the second half and started to control the match and got the goal. Obviously things changed on the penalty kick and the red card. We had to absorb a lot of pressure and pick our moments to go forward and we still had a couple decent chances. This is a good result. Carolina is a good team."
Maryland caps its two-game road swing with an ACC match at Clemson next Friday. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. and will be shown on RSN.