Oct. 6, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 11 Maryland men's soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak Tuesday night, dropping Loyola (Chicago), 1-0, at Ludwig Field in non-conference action.
Kaoru Forbess notched his first career goal in the 26th minute to put Maryland on the board and snap a two-game scoring skid. His header from the far side of the box came off a solid cross from Terrapin senior Kwame Darko, who drove the ball 10 yards down the near sideline and floated a perfect ball to Forbess. It was also Darko's first career assist.
Maryland (6-3-1), which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in shots averaging nearly 19 per game, held the Ramblers to one shot in the first half while mustering eight of its own.
The Terps continued to get solid cracks at the back of the net in the second stanza as Alex Lee opened the period with a near-miss on a diving header chance from a Billy Cortes cross. Darko fired a long-range strike near the 55:00 mark that missed wide right of Loyola keeper Peter McKeown. Thirty seconds later, sophomore Matt Oduaran had a shot miss high. Lee, a former striker that converted to the back line this season, continued to press up, getting another scoring chance in the 66th minute but his rip went wide right of McKeown. London Woodberry managed to get past McKeown six minutes later, but the Rambler back line picked a team save at the goal line and kept it a one-goal contest.
Loyola stepped up its offense in the second half, tallying six shots, but the Terrapin defense held steady and secured its fifth shutout in only ten games. Zac MacMath picked up his fourth win of the season at goal.
"We got the win and the shutout," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was great see that run by Kaoru and I think he's really going to gain some confidence from it.
"Kwame made a great run and went wide like we've been talking about. It was a tremendous serve by him and great to see Kaoru finish it."
Maryland concludes a two-game homestand on Friday when it returns to conference action with a match against Virginia Tech. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Ludwig Field.