Oct. 9, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 11 Maryland men's soccer team picked up two goals in the final four minutes to drop Virginia Tech, 2-1, in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Friday night at Ludwig Field.
Kevin Tangney knotted up the score at 86:58 when his strike off a scramble from a Paul Torres corner kick went past diving Hokie keeper Stefan Caulfield from 20-yards out. With 52.3 seconds remaining, freshman John Stertzer gave Maryland the game-winner when his shot sailed into the back of the net after a hustle play by Billy Cortes saved the ball at the end line.
Virginia Tech picked up its lone goal early in the contest. Charlie Campbell served a corner kick from the near side that crossed over the box into heavy traffic in the ninth minute. The ball found Clarke Bentley who placed the ensuing shot into the back of the net past Zac MacMath to his left.
Maryland out-shot Virginia Tech, 7-4, in the stanza and came out firing again in the second half.
In the 54th minute, Jason Herrick got a solid look at goal when he managed to turn around in short range but his shot missed. One minute later, Taylor Kemp had a strong header up the middle go wide left of Caulfield. Maryland continued to dominate control of the ball throughout the second half as Virginia Tech kept up to six players on the back line in hopes of holding on to its one-goal lead.
At 56:06, Drew Yates swerved around two defenders and found some space in the middle, but his strike went directly into the arms of Caulfield. In the 71st minute, Cortes had a nice turn and drove the ball five yards only to have his solid shot miss wide right.
Despite staying on offense the majority of the period, the Terrapin defense stepped up big when it had to.
Virginia Tech forward Brendan Dunn got a breakaway chance with less than ten minutes remaining in the contest. Despite having a solid ten-yard head start on the backline, Maryland freshman defender Ethan White managed to catch him and thwart the Hokie opportunity.
"Tonight was the first time this season that we've came back and won," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "For a young team, that's a big confidence booster."
Maryland moves to 7-3-1 and 3-1-1 in ACC play, while Virginia Tech falls to 3-6-2 and 2-2. The attendance for Friday night's game tallied in at 4,543, but Cirovski believes that number may have been short by one.
"We had a little fortune from our angel in the sky tonight," Cirovski said, referencing the passing of long-time Maryland athletics supporter and men's soccer fan Jack Heise. "This win is dedicated to him."
Tangney, a fifth-year senior who has battled back from two significant knee injuries, is this year's recipient of the Jack Heise Scholarship.
Maryland hits the road for a two-game road stint beginning with a short trip to Washington D.C. for a match against Georgetown on Tuesday at 3 p.m.