Sept. 16, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 men's soccer team used three different goal scorers and stellar defense to shutout NC State, 3-0, on September 16 in front of 4,565 fans at Ludwig Field. The Terps' back line allowed just four shots in the entire match, which all came in the second half.
Senior A.J. Godbolt started the scoring for the Terps when he knocked in a rebound off of a Stephen King penalty kick in the fifth minute. Sophomore Graham Zusi added his fourth goal of the year, as did freshman Jason Herrick who scored in fantastic fashion. Freshman Drew Yates was credited with a pair of assists in the win.
"It was a very complete performance," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Our first half was about as good as it gets. It was a very connected performance and I thought our kids played exceptionally well."
The 4,565 spectators at tonight's match was the third-highest total in Ludwig Field history. The only other two matches to exceed that number was a 2003 match against UCLA that drew 6,143 fans and last season's match against Indiana when 6,203 supporters came out to watch the Terps battle the Hoosiers.
The scoring began early when NC State's Matthew Lytle took down a Terp in the box. King settled in to take his second penalty kick of the season. He blasted a shot towards the lower right corner, but Wolfpack keeper Tom DeStefano guessed correctly and made the stop. The ball stayed in play and Godbolt came flying from the back and pushed the rebound under DeStefano for the Terps' first score.
The Terps had another great opportunity with just over 10 minutes left when King fired a bouncing shot towards the left side of the goal, but DeStefano dove and stopped King again.
In the 38th minute, Zusi handled the ball down the middle of the field and found Yates to his left. Zusi fed him, and Yates gave it back to Zusi who scored on a blast to the left side. The Terps would take the 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The entire half, the Terps' defense snuffed out every attack that NC State tried to put together. The Wolfpack offense was frustrated the entire time, not able to attempt a shot the entire 45 minutes.
In the second half, the Wolfpack finally got its first shot in the 48th minute, but it was easily handled by sophomore keeper Chris Seitz.
The Terps came back with a few quality chances before finally knocking in its third and final goal in the 80th minute. After receiving a pass from Yates, Herrick touched the ball a couple of times and decided to take aim at the goal from about 30 yards out. His shot curled into the top left corner of the net past a diving DeStefano, who could not stop the perfectly placed shot.
The Wolfpack's best chance came with a minute and a half left when a cross was sent on the ground from right to left. A member from both sides slid to try and reach the pass, but the cross skipped to the other side of the field.
DeStefano was strong in goal for NC State (3-4-0, 1-2-0) as he stopped nine shots of the 20 he faced. Seitz was credited with a pair of saves in his second-straight shutout and fourth of the season.
The Terps (6-1-0, 1-1-0) are back in action on Wednesday, September 20 when they host Penn State at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.