Oct. 21, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Maryland midfielder Jeremy Hall scored his tenth goal of the year as the sixth-ranked Terps men's soccer team defeated West Virginia, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
West Virginia may have tallied the first shot in the contest, but Maryland (12-3-0) applied heavy offensive pressure throughout the first half. Hall battled a pair of Mountaineer defenders to get off the Terps first shot at 5:50, but he headed it into the hands of WVU keeper Zach Johnston. Six minutes later, Johnston lost control of the ball and Graham Zusi was issued a free kick inches outside the box, but his strike saw a similar fate and was shot down by a Johnston save.
Meanwhile, Maryland's freshman keeper Zac MacMath made a couple of nice saves to keep the Mountaineers from getting on the board. WVU forward Alex Yost fired a shot from mid-range at the 13:33 mark that MacMath batted away and then tip-toed along the backline to allow Maryland to keep the possession. MacMath stopped another Mountaineer scoring opportunity in the 20th minute when he shoved out a dangerous corner kick in the middle of the box by WVU.
After the Terps narrowly missed on two more scoring chances, Hall finally sealed the deal at 36:33. Drew Yates battled down the sideline, earning a corner for the Terps which Zusi then served into the box for Hall, who headed it home for a Maryland lead, 1-0.
The Terps out-shot West Virginia 11-7 for the period, while MacMath tallied four saves to help hold WVU scoreless.
In the first ten minutes of the second half, Maryland defender Rich Costanzo had a pair of strikes nearly score. Around the 50-minute mark, Costanzo inched a shot thru traffic in the box that was blocked out by the WVU defense and then had a mid-range shot sail just wide of the post approximately five minutes later. Reigning ACC Co-Player of the Week Casey Townsend blasted a ball off Johnston with 17 minutes left on the clock after Jason Herrick led him with a solid pass up the middle for the Terps sixth and final shot on goal of the contest.
The Terrapin defense was strong again, solidifying the squad's eighth shutout this season. MacMath finished with five saves for his eighth consecutive win and moves to 8-1-0 on the year. The win avenges a loss to the Mountaineers last season at Ludwig Field and is the fifth-straight for the Terps.
"We expected a tough game tonight and we got one," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I thought we played very composed and moved the ball around to get quality chances.
"WVU is a difficult team to penetrate and they have a terrific keeper...the great goal by (Jeremy) Hall was the difference in the game."
Maryland returns to ACC action with a match at NC State on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and will be shown on ACC Select.