Terps Explode Past Long Island, 5-0

Sept. 3, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Five different Maryland Terrapins found the back of the net as the Terps won a 5-0 decision in the first game of the Virginia/Nike Classic Friday night at Klockner Stadium. Maurice Edu's first career goal for the Terrapins at 18:50 proved to be all Maryland would need as Noah Palmer and Craig Salvati combined for the shutout.

"You have to be satisfied with our first real game against a team that came in with the idea that they were going to try and keep us off the scoreboard for as long as possible and frustrate us," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Our guys handled it well. It took a few minutes for us to get a rhythm - just normal first game anxiety, I think - but I am very pleased with our defensive pressure and our ability to move the ball. We were very sharp in the first 25 minutes of the second half."

After Long Island had an early look on goal on a shot by Ricardo Ordain, the Terps started to control the ball more and put more pressure on the Blackbirds. The Terps notched the early goal on a throw in by Kenney Bertz. Berttz's throw landed on the far side of the box and found Maurice Edu, who settled the ball and bounced the ball in off the crossbar for the score at 18:39.

"I was just sitting on the back side, just a little outside the six, and Kenney threw it long and a couple people went up and they missed it and it came right to me," Edu said of his first collegiate goal.

The Terps continued to put pressure on Long Island throughout the first half, and Erwin Diaz took advantage by finishing a rebound on Abe Thompson's shot. Thompson made his run down the right side of the box and fired a shot that the keeper came out to save but could not settle. The ball landed at the feet of Diaz who was in front of the goal at 37:27.

After the early shot on goal, the Blackbirds had only one other good run at goal in the first half, but Mustapha Ayoub's shot sailed high.

The Terps carried the momentum into the second half as Jason Garey put up the third goal of the day for the Terps at 51:13. Ian Rodway won a ball in the midfield and found Garey streaking down the right side of the field. Garey carried the ball 10 yards into the box while holding off a defender before squeezing the ball between the near post and the goalkeeper.

Thompson was rewarded for his hard work in the 63rd minute after a cross by Garey was touched by Mediate from the left side of the box to Thompson in the middle for the finish. Just 30 seconds later, the Terps netted their fifth score after Mediate worked his way all the way to the goal line before crossing to Stephen King. King settled the ball in traffic and chipped the ball over the keeper from eight yards out.

The defense for the Terps helped keep all of the action on the Maryland side of the field. The Terrapins allowed just three shots on goal (two saves for Palmer, one for Salvati), and just six total shots for the game.

The Terp forwards, Garey and Thompson, each finished with three points on a goal and an assist. Mediate, running out of the midfield, chipped in two assists to help pace the Terp offense.

Maryland will be back in action at the Virginia/Nike Classic on Sunday, Sept. 5, against Marshall. Kickoff is slated for noon.