Oct. 22, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Graham Zusi recorded a career-high five points on two goals and an assist to lead the No. 8 men's soccer team to a 4-0 win against Albany on October 22 at Ludwig Field. Freshman Jeremy Hall and junior Maurice Edu also tallied goals in the victory and sophomore Matt Beckman came up with his first assist of the season.
Both of Zusi's goals came in similar fashion as his first was on a direct kick and his second was on a penalty kick. He now has a team-best nine goals this year. Hall picked up his fifth goal of the season in the 27th minute and Edu and Zusi hooked up for the fourth time with every goal coming off the head of Edu.
"We needed to work on our attacking rhythm, spacing, and just getting the bounce back in our step," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The spacing and timing of our runs had gotten a little sloppy and those were a lot better today. That's the goal going into the ACC Tournament. We want to sharpen up some of those things. It was nice that we were able to get so many players into the game today. It was nice to reward them for their patience, discipline, and hard work."
With the win, Cirovski now has 199 in his 13-plus seasons at the helm of the Terrapins program. He is one triumph away from becoming just the second coach in Maryland men's soccer history to reach the 200-win plateau. The other is the school's first head coach, Doyle Royal, who totaled 217 wins in 28 seasons.
Maryland came out firing on all cylinders after the opening whistle as they fired off four shots in the first eight minutes. After a couple of missed chances for the Terrapins, a player was brought down just outside of the box in the 23rd minute. Zusi stepped to the ball from 20 yards out and fired a shot that made it past the wall. Albany keeper Steward Ceus misjudged the strike and did not make an effort as Zusi's shot went into the back of the net.
The Terps kept attacking and 4:02 later, found the goal again. Beckman carried the ball down the right side of the field and delivered a cross to Hall making a run in the box. Hall had a defender on him and both went after the pass simultaneously. The ball bounced around, but Hall turned and found the ball at his foot. He took it and snuck a shot under Ceus to make the score 2-0.
The halftime break did not slow down the Terps' offense as they struck again in the 49th minute. Sophomore Rich Costanzo drew a hard foul on the right side just outside of the box. Zusi took the kick and sent it softly into the box to an awaiting Edu, who headed the ball past Ceus to make the cushion 3-0.
Nine minutes later, Maryland closed the book after Zusi converted on a penalty kick. Zusi drew the foul himself inside the box as he was making a run on the right side with nobody but Ceus in front of him. Ceus came out to try to stop the attack but tripped up Zusi, giving the Terps the PK opportunity.
Ceus played well in goal for the Great Danes (7-7-2) as he made seven saves. Sophomore keeper Chris Seitz was credited with one save for the Terps (12-3-1) in the victory.
Maryland is back in action on Tuesday, October 24 when it hosts Bucknell at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.