Sept. 10, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's first game as the No.1 team in the nation was a successful one as the Terrapins routed Loyola, 4-0, in front of 1,397 fans Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps dominated the game throughout, allowing only one shot by Loyola, an attempt from 30 yards out that sailed right of the goal. Maryland held an incredible 30-1 advantage on shots and allowed none on goal.
"We were well-connected defensively, and I thought this was our best performance of the season," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We had some very dangerous chances that we missed in the first half, but we were able to convert in the second half.
"I think this is the start of something big, something magical" Cirovski said, alluding to the 1,000 students that turned out to Ludwig for the contest. "To have the student support tonight like we did is a big source of pride for me, and it's a tribute to our young men because they are fun to watch. We hope they were entertained and come back."
Clarence Goodson took advantage of his height as he headed a corner kick from A.J. Herrera just underneath the crossbar for his first goal of the season at 17:02. The Terps threatened and possessed the ball for most of the first half, but were not able to open up the lead on the Greyhounds.
Just as the team did against UCLA, the Terps re-energized at half time and put pressure on the Greyhounds right away. Scott Buete slid a pass from the middle of the field ahead to Abe Thompson on the left side of the box who got his shot past Loyola keeper Greg Peters at 46:03.
In a similar play, Thompson passed to Garey, but the keeper came out to try and snag the pass before Garey could get the shot off. Garey beat Peters to the ball and rolled in his second goal of the season. Nino Marcantonio finished off the scoring after settling Erwin Diaz' blocked shot and putting the ball in the net.
With one goal and one assist, Thompson moved into sole possession of seventh place on Maryland's all-time career points list with 74. He also has 30 goals for his career, ninth-best at Maryland.
The Terps (5-0) are back in action on Sunday, September 14, as they begin ACC play against N.C. State. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.
Maryland 4, Loyola 0 1 2 F Loyola 0 0 0 Maryland 1 3 4 Scoring: MD-Goodson (Herrera) 17:02; MD-Thompson (Buete) 46:03; MD-Garey (Thompson) 70:04; MD-Marcantonio (Diaz) 79:00 Shots: MD-13+17=30; LC-1+0=0 Corners: MD-4+3=7; LC-1+2=3 Saves: MD-0+0=0; LC-2+5=7 Fouls: MD-5+4=9; LC-5+14=19 Goalkeeping: MD-Palmer (0GA, 0SV, 90:00); LC-Peters (4GA, 5SV, 90:00)