Oct. 6, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Stephen King scored a pair of goals to help Maryland snap its four-game winless streak as the Terps defeated Villanova, 3-1, Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps (6-3-1) also got a score from Jason Garey, his 11th of the season, as well as an assist from the junior forward. Seniors Abe Thompson and Domenic Mediate and junior Michael Dello-Russo also added assists for the Terps.
"We needed a tough win, and today we got a tough win," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Villanova is going to cause a lot of teams some problems."
"Not winning our last four games, we wanted to have a good performance," King said. "Scoring early and going up 2-0 definitely helped, but it was a tough battle in the second half. We held strong and worked hard and came out with a win."
From the onset, Maryland controlled possession and was patient for its opportunities. Garey put the Terps in front in the 19th minute after a Thompson shot caused a scramble in the front of the net. Garey was able to hold off a defender and finish the opportunity in the lower-right part of the net.
The Terps continued to press, and King gave Maryland a 2-0 advantage at 23:23 after Dello-Russo controlled the ball in the top corner of the box. Dello-Russo skipped the ball to the middle of the box to Garey who touched ahead to King who was making a run on the right side of the box.
Villanova was constantly hassled in the first 45 minutes by the Terp back line of Kenney Bertz, Chris Lancos, Eric Brunner and Dello-Russo. The Wildcats managed just two shots in the first half, none of which were on frame.
However, Villanova opened the second half with better possession and was able to put pressure on Maryland in its defensive third. After a foul was whistled on Maryland, Danny DeMasters got the Wildcats on the board with a skillful free kick from 30 yards that curved into the top-right corner of the net. DeMasters' fourth goal of the season came at 53:49.
The teams exchanged possessions and runs, but it would be the Terps who would be able to push through for another score. With his back to the net, King took a feed from Mediate at the top of the box, turned and beat Villanova keeper Craig Bald in the lower-right corner of the net with just under four minutes to play.
"I thought we played the last 20 minutes of the first half we were very good. We didn't quite start the second half in the manner I would have liked, but we didn't crumble," Cirovski said. "We didn't give that many chances away."
Maryland will be back in action this Sunday, Oct. 10, when it plays host to North Carolina at 2 p.m.
Villanova 0 1 1 #1 Maryland 2 1 3< Scoring: MD-Garey (Thompson) 18:49; MD-King (Dello-Russo, Garey) 23:23; VU-DeMasters 53:49; MD-King (Mediate) Shots: MD-6+6=12; VU-2+10=12 Saves: MD-0+2=2; VU-1+0=1 Corners: MD-3+1=4; VU-0+3=3 Fouls: MD-6+4=10; VU-6+8=14