Oct. 26, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. - As the rain poured at Riggs Field, the No. 2 Maryland men's soccer team poured in three goals in the first half to lead the Terrapins to a convincing 4-1 win over Clemson.
The Terps (14-1, 4-1) jumped on the Tigers early, converting in the first minute of action when A.J. Herrera took a free kick from 40 yards away and found Kenney Bertz perfectly in stride where he headed it in to the left side of the net. Herrera, who had been out of the lineup with a sore foot, scored his first point since scoring the game-winner on a penalty kick against NC State over a month ago (Sept. 24).
It was the fastest Maryland had scored this season and the quickest the Terps have gotten on the board since the Terps got a goal at 1:47 against NC State in the 2002 ACC Tournament.
Maryland scored on almost the same set play in the 14th minute. Herrera took the free kick from just inside the previous spot and Bertz had to wait on the ball in the box before getting the shot past Clemson keeper Hunter Gilstrap.
The goals were Bertz' first of his career.
The scoring continued as Seth Stammler scored his first goal of the season on a powerful 35-yard blast. Stammler collected the ball after Clemson attempted to clear the ball off a corner kick, and then fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net for the score.
Clemson's Justin Moore was ejected in the 43rd minute for his part in an altercation with Maryland's Domenic Mediate. The Tigers were forced to play the rest of the match a man down.
Despite the disadvantage, the Tigers put some pressure on Maryland's back line in the first 15 minutes of action, and the constant pressure resulted in a goal by Charlie Roberts. Roberts collected a loose ball at the top of the box and shot skipped into the left corner of the net at 57:33.
After that Tiger score, the Terrapins regained their composure and began to possess the ball more. After a Clemson turnover deep in its own end, Sumed Ibrahim's shot hit the post and bounced to Scott Buete who buried his third goal of the season at the 73:46 mark. The assist gives Sumed 15 points in his last seven matches.
Maryland will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 31, as it takes on Virginia in the ACC finale. The game will begin at 8 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.