Sept. 19, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Drew Yates scored his third goal of the season and the only one of the match as the No. 16 Maryland men's soccer team defeated Old Dominion, 1-0, on September 19 at Ludwig Field. Junior Graham Zusi was credited with the assist as he sent in the cross in the 32nd minute.
Maryland dominated the Monarchs in the midfield in the first half with senior captains Stephen King and Spencer Allen commanding the pitch. The Terrapins' offense fired off five shots while the back line did not allow one. Old Dominion got off five shots in the second half and had its chances but came up empty.
"I thought we played extremely well in the first half and we were unfortunate not to have a second goal," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "In the second half, there was a little more urgency from Old Dominion and we could have handled it better. It was a new experience for us to be up 1-0 late in the game, but we will improve and do it better the next time."
The Terps played most of the first half in their offensive half of the field and with 14 minutes expired, got their first dangerous opportunity. Sophomore Omar Gonzalez found some room about 30 yards out in the middle of the field to blast a shot. The ball was slightly deflected and sailed just high but earned Maryland a corner kick.
Zusi took the ensuing corner and sent in a good ball into the box to Gonzalez. The 6-5 sophomore got his head to it and put a shot past the keeper, but an ODU defender was there to keep the ball out of the goal.
The Terps' persistent attack paid off in the 32nd minute with the game's only goal. Sophomore Jeremy Hall was fouled from behind on the right side of the Maryland offensive third after hustling for a loose ball.
Zusi stepped up to take the free kick and served a perfect cross into the box where Yates was waiting. Yates redirected the pass into the left side of the net for the game winner.
Old Dominion was not without its chances in the second half though. Just six minutes in, Steffen Sommerstad found some open space 20 yards out in front of the box. He put a shot on goal but freshman keeper Will Swaim, who had been untested up to that point, made the save to his left to keep the Monarchs off the board.
With 20:50 to go in the game, ODU earned its only corner. Daniel Haywood delivered the cross and another Monarch redirected the ball low into the box, but the pass slowly slid out of bounds as Old Dominion was unable to get to the ball.
ODU's last shot at the equalizer came with 11:30 left as some nifty passing created some space for Ambane Emmanuel. Nane Joseph found T.J. Beaulieu with a pass who then gave it to a streaking Emmanuel in the middle of the field. Emmanuel's shot was directed right at Swaim who made the easy save, his third of the match.
Maryland (3-2-1) will now travel to Durham, N.C. on Saturday, September 22 to take on No. 12 Duke at 8:00 p.m.