BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Stephen King recorded a goal and an assist as the No. 9 Maryland men's soccer team defeated No. 10 Notre Dame, 3-0, on September 2 in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. The win completes a 1-0-1 weekend for the Terrapins as they were crowned tournament champions. The Terps tied No. 7 Indiana, 1-1, on Friday evening.
Junior Graham Zusi and sophomore Drew Yates added the other two goals for the Terps while sophomores Jeremy Hall and Doug Rodkey each recorded assists. Maryland dominated the Irish for the duration of the game, outshooting Notre Dame 17-3 and keeping Hermann Trophy winner Joseph Lapira in check. It was the first time the Irish had been shutout in 15 games.
"This was the most complete performance by our team in a couple of years," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We were very good on defense and in the attack. I was very impressed with the way we bounced back after an emotional game against Indiana. To improve on Friday night's performance is a great sign of our team's character."
Maryland jumped out of the gate in the first five minutes and spent a lot of the time on the offensive, getting off a couple of early shots. The attacking pressure came through soon enough just 4:25 into the match as Hall had the ball on the right side of the box deep near the goal line. Hall flicked it back to Zusi in front of the net who one-timed the ball into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
Zusi got another great chance at the 29:40 mark in the half after he was fouled at the left corner of the goal box. Zusi took the ensuing kick and swung a shot towards the right post, but it was saved by a diving Andrew Quinn. A hard rebound came out to freshman Rodney Wallace, but his shot misfired high.
Notre Dame had its best opportunity of the half with 22 minutes left after a member of the Irish was fouled just outside the box on the left side. Alex Yoshinaga set up for the free kick a yard outside the box, but his in-swinger was headed out of danger and the Terps defense held without giving up a shot.
After a bunch of midfield play throughout the rest of the half, Maryland capitalized and scored its second goal of the day with 4:21 left. After the red and black attack penetrated into the offensive third, King had a defender on him on the left side of the box and kept trying to shake him to find an opening to deliver a cross. King faked towards the goal line and spun inside to send a pass into the box. The pass found Yates who tucked a shot next to the right post to put the Terps up two.
Maryland stayed on the attack and got another good chance as freshman Yannick Salmon chipped a pass to King on the left side of the box. The pass was deep and gave King a tough angle and his shot was saved by Quinn.
Maryland came away with the first shot on goal in the second half with six minutes expired as Zusi served up a Terps' corner into the box. His in-swinger was deflected out but landed on the foot of King, who fired a liner towards net. The shot made it through traffic, but Quinn made a good save to keep it out of goal.
Notre Dame finally recorded its first shot of the match with 31 minutes left when Notre Dame lobbed a pass into Lapira who was making a run. The Terps defense was on him, however, and forced a weak shot off the side of his foot that created no danger.
Maryland added its third goal of the game with 20 minutes left in the game when Rodkey sent a lob into the box while on the attack. Quinn came out to play the ball and looked to easily take it in with nobody pressuring him, but the ball slipped through his hands. Two Maryland players were behind the keeper to clean up the mess and King was the one who kicked it in.
The Terps (1-0-1) will make their home debut on Friday, September 7 when they take on No. 13 West Virginia at 8:00 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The match will be televised nationally by CSTV.