Oct. 28, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team, sporting a makeshift backline, fell at Clemson 2-1 on a cold, rainy night at Historic Riggs Field.
John Stertzer netted his team-leading 13th goal of the season for Maryland (13-2-2, 4-2-1 ACC), which played a man up for the majority of the match after a red card was issued to Clemson's Jack Metcalf in the 23rd minute.
Stertzer's header flicked over Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell from eight yards after a stellar free kick from Taylor Kemp in the 36th minute to give the Terps the early lead.
Though boasting a staggering 11-0-1 record after scoring the first goal of the game, the Terps surrendered a penalty kick score by Brynjar Benediktsson in the 51st minute after a handball in the box to knot the score 1-1.
A failed clear by Maryland's backline, which for the majority of the night consisted of two true freshmen and a sophomore midfielder due to the absence of Alex Lee (injury) and London Woodberry (red card suspension), set up Clemson's final scoring opportunity. Austin Savage had the first shot, which was saved by Will Swaim, but the rebound darted to Phanuel Kavita who put away the eventual game-winner in the 85th minute.
Maryland outshot the Tigers, 12-7. It is only the fourth time this season Maryland has given up more than one goal in a game.
The Terps return home for the regular season finale against Wake Forest Thursday as they honor their senior class. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.