Oct. 10, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 10 Maryland men's soccer team out-shot Virginia Tech, 22-3, on Friday night en route to a 4-0 win in ACC action on the road at Thompson Field.
Maryland controlled play for a large majority of the first half and left Virginia Tech without a shot thru 45 minutes of play. The Terps amassed ten shots, including four on goal, in the period. Maryland picked it up a notch with ten minutes remaining in the period as Rodney Wallace nearly missed two shots on goal. In the 37th minute, Wallace had a low drive sail across the box and just past the far post off a Matt Kassel pass. Approximately two minutes later, it was Jeremy Hall that chipped in a pass to Wallace, this time in the middle of the box, and Wallace's shot ricocheted off a Hokie defender.
Maryland had one last scoring chance in the period when freshman Alex Lee popped up a ball to Drew Yates, who battled shoulder-to-shoulder with a Virginia Tech defender for 20 yards before firing a shot wide.
The Terps got on the board at 52:35 when Casey Townsend put a ball in the box for Hall, who, amidst a flurry of defenders, headed it in for the score. Both Townsend and Kassel were credited with assists on the play. It was Hall's sixth goal of the year and marked the third consecutive game in which the junior midfielder has tallied a goal.
Maryland cushioned its lead to two when Kassel served up a spectacular pass across the field to Hall, who headed the ball in past a diving Virginia Tech keeper at 55:30. The Terps nearly struck again in the 63rd minute when Zusi was fouled inches from the box and was issued a free kick. He tapped the ball over to Kassel who shot a rocket at the goal which was deflected by the Hokie defense.
Virginia Tech didn't register a shot until the 75th minute when Tobias Hottner drove a ball from outside the box wide of the post and Maryland keeper freshman Zac MacMath, who registered his first start in an ACC contest on Friday night.
Maryland put up another score at 79:38 when Omar Gonzalez chipped a ball into Townsend who relayed it to Jason Herrick in the middle of the box from close-range for the goal. Sophomore Billy Cortes scored a goal with under a minute to play in a scramble in the box to secure the Maryland win, 4-0.
"I thought we had a complete-game effort tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We were able to keep an ACC opponent shot-less for 75 minutes and that is a great accomplishment.
"In the second half we attacked with more poise and purpose and that resulted in goals for us."
The Terps move to 9-3-0 and 3-2-0 in ACC play. Virginia Tech drops to 4-7-1 and 0-5-0. The win is the first on the road in conference action for Maryland this season and avenges a loss to Virginia Tech last season in the ACC Quarterfinals. Maryland's defense, after surrendering a season-high five goals versus Clemson a week ago, held the Hokies to a mere three shots the entire game.
Maryland heads back to College Park for a match against Lehigh on Tuesday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.