Sept. 29, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 18 Maryland men's soccer team battled No. 1 Wake Forest to the final whistle, but it was the Demon Deacons who came out on top, 2-0, in front of 3,317 fans at Spry Stadium on September 29.
"I thought the first half was evenly played," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We had one great chance and didn't score and they scored on their only one. We played with a lot more purpose in the second half and pushed forward. The sharpness on our attack let us down again. Wake Forest is a very good team and you need to be sharp with your chances. It was a valiant effort on our part and we didn't reward ourselves."
The first half was full of play in the midfield with just five shots being attempted in the half. Wake Forest got the first opportunity 10 minutes in when Cody Arnoux found Mike Lahoud in the box with a cross from the left side. Lahoud fired a one-timer but it sailed just high over the crossbar.
Maryland got its first scoring chance with 14:00 left in the half when sophomore Drew Yates found classmate Jeremy Hall in the middle of the field. Hall dished off to junior Rich Costanzo to his right who found a seam to shoot. Costanzo tried to slip a shot past keeper Brian Edwards, but he made the diving stop to his right to keep the Terps off the board.
The Deacons started to take the offensive with under 10 minutes left as Lyle Adams sent in a cross from the left side into the box. The pass was a little too far out in front of a sliding Marcus Tracy, who just missed getting a foot on the ball for the shot.
Wake finally connected on a shot with 5:10 left to go. Evan Brown and Tracy broke through the Terrapin attack on the right side and found Zack Schilawski in the box. The sophomore fired a shot that deflected off of a Terp defender and into the back of the net to give the Deacons a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Wake Forest came inches away from cushioning its lead to two goals in the first five minutes of the second half when Corben Bone set up for a corner kick on the right side. His in-swinger found a leaping Arnoux in the box, whose header barely passed over the crossbar.
The Terps almost got a goal of their own at the 38:00 mark when freshman Rodney Wallace found himself deep in the offensive third on the left side. He passed back to junior Graham Zusi who was open in the box, but his shot was fired wide of the right post.
Wake came right back with another scoring chance as Bone set up Arnoux on the left side on the counterattack. Arnoux attacked the ball hard in the box, but freshman keeper Thorne Holder came off his line and saved the shot.
After extensive play in the midfield, Lahoud got another opportunity to score with 20:20 to go in the game as he found some space on the left side. His shot was trying to find the left side of the net, but Holder made the diving save to keep the Terps a goal down.
Maryland earned a couple of dangerous chances around the 13:00 mark as Costanzo dribbled down the right side of the field and delivered a pass towards sophomore Drew Yates inside the box. Yates took a shot, but a Wake defender deflected it out for a corner.
The initial pass off the corner was safely cleared by the Demon Deacon defense, but sophomore Omar Gonzalez ended up with the ball 30 yards out. He decided to take a shot at goal, but his blast was saved by Edwards.
Maryland pushed forward and kept on the attack and three minutes later got another shot on goal. Senior Stephen King found Costanzo in front of the box who fired a shot, but his attempt was deflected by a Wake defender and then saved by a diving Edwards.
The Terps got their best chance for the equalizer with 4:50 left in the game after Holder cleared the ball into Maryland's offensive half of the field. The ball ended up on the foot of King who sent a shot in, but his attempt hit the right post and stayed out of the goal. The ball landed on the foot of freshman Billy Cortes, but his rebound attempt was deflected away from danger.
The Demon Deacons (7-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) put the game away with their second goal with just 37 seconds remaining. With nine players forward on the attack, Maryland was caught off guard on a clear as Arnoux went one-on-one with Holder who was forced to come out of goal. Arnoux was able to get around Holder and put the ball in the back of the net.
The Terps (3-4-1, 0-3-0 ACC) return to campus for the entire month of October and begin their nine-game home stand on Tuesday, October 2 when they welcome Stony Brook to Ludwig Field for a 7:30 p.m. match.