Oct. 27, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior midfielder Stephen King notched a goal and an assist as the No. 7 men's soccer team defeated Virginia Tech, 2-1, on October 27 at a rain-soaked Ludwig Field on Senior Night. The Terps honored David Glaudemans, A.J. Godbolt, and Pat Wilson prior to their last home game at Maryland. Sophomore keeper Chris Seitz stopped a career-high eight shots in the win.
Despite the poor conditions, the teams managed to fire 36 shots in the game and committed just 21 fouls in a back-and-forth affair. Junior Maurice Edu notched the game-winning goal in the 28th minute with help from freshman Jeremy Hall and King. Freshman Drew Yates notched the assist on King's goal in the 25th minute.
"2-0 is a dangerous lead in soccer," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "With a young team, the tendency is to think that maybe the game is in hand. I knew it wasn't. Virginia Tech was dangerous. Chris Seitz made some good saves and the kids battled hard. We haven't had one like that in a while, where we had to finish a game. I think we had forgotten how to do that. We are going to dissect this and learn some things because we're going to be faced with these situations in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments."
Both sides were the recipient of quality chances before Maryland struck in the 25th minute. The first came at the 38:36 point in the first half when Edu stole a Virginia Tech pass at midfield. Edu found Godbolt on the right side, who then dished off to sophomore Graham Zusi. Zusi fooled his defender to the ground and fired a shot that just missed to the left.
Patrick Nyarko provided the Hokies with a couple of dangerous chances early. His first came after a Maryland foul deep in the VT offensive third. The free kick was sent to him on the far side of the box, but his header sailed wide of its mark.
Just two minutes later with 29:30 to go, he sent a low, hard shot from 25 yards out in front of the box. Seitz made a diving save to his right and did not allow the Hokies a second chance.
The Terrapins got on the board with 24:21 left in the half, as Godbolt started the attack with a cross that deflected off of a Hokies defender. The ball found Yates on the left side and he took his defender deep into the box. With him and the defender battling on the end line, he was able to send a pass to King to his right, and he tapped in a one-timer past keeper Drew Czekanski for the 1-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later, Hall dribbled down the right side and found a wide open King in the box with a cross. Instead of taking the shot from straight-on, King dished back to Edu a few yards behind him who blasted the game-winner past the keeper.
Nyarko's best chance to put VT on the board came with just 55 seconds remaining when he fired a low shot from the left side. Seitz had to make an impressive diving save to his left with his hand. The ball slipped away form Seitz briefly, but he recovered to steer away any danger to keep the cushion at two.
Virginia Tech did not let down in the second half, firing more shots at Seitz. The Hokies goal came in the 76th minute after a Maryland foul out in front of the box. With the ball positioned 25 yards out to the left, Ben Nason and Marcus Reed stood over the ball. Reed flicked the ball, setting up Nason for the shot, and he sent a blast to the left side of the goal to cut the deficit to one.
The momentum seemed to shift following the goal with the Hokies feverishly on the attack. Seitz and the Terps' defense maintained its stance and did not allow another goal. Their best chance came with 1:46 left in the match when Reed fired a shot that missed the target by feet to the right.
Maryland, who finishes the regular season at 14-3-1 and 4-3-1 in the ACC, will head to Germantown to take part in the ACC Men's Soccer Championship from November 1-5. The matchups and bracket will be announced on Monday.
"It's a remarkable regular season," Cirovski said. "With the target on your back and with a number of players missing in a number of games, to be 14-3-1 right now with this schedule, I think it's been a remarkable regular season."