Sept. 6, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jason Herrick scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the No. 1/8 Maryland men's soccer team over No. 8/7 California, 2-1, on a rainy Sunday night at Ludwig Field.
Herrick's goal with 4:41 elapsed in the game provided Maryland (1-1) with the early lead and its first goal of the 2009 campaign. Sophomore Kaoru Forbess led Herrick up the middle with a through-ball and the junior co-captain took care of the rest, blowing past the Bear backline and finding the back of the net.
The Terps continued to apply pressure and ten minutes later a large scramble ensued in front of the box after a Matt Kassel corner kick provided freshman Ethan White with a scoring chance at the goal line. Cal goalkeeper David Bingham kept it inches away from another Terrapin goal as White's momentum carried him into the back of the net.
California had its closest shot at a score in first stanza with seven minutes remaining when Cal jammed the box but an A.J. Soares attempt was saved by Terp keeper Zac MacMath. Maryland went to the locker room with a decisive 10-3 shooting advantage.
Forbess nearly tacked on his second assist of the night when his pass to Doug Rodkey across the box gave Rodkey a solid look at goal. His drive, however, ran right into a diving Bingham. Cal answered with a scoring chance of its own three minutes later when All-American Andrew Wiedeman's mid-range blast went wide of the left post as the rain began to fall harder in College Park.
Cal tied the score when Tony Salciccia scored from mid range after a throw-in from Hector Jimenez at 77:31.
The rain continued to pour and both squads exchanged blows heading into the second intermission.
Herrick would close out the game in the 97th minute after Kassel served a solid ball from the center of the soggy field and Herrick grabbed the ball with his right foot and fired the ball low to the ground for the win.
"It was a great response from Friday's difficult loss (versus UCLA)," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Once again we played well in the first half and this time we rewarded ourselves with one goal. Our guys stood tall and came back with their own great response in overtime. I think we grew up a lot tonight."
Maryland's youth-laden backline held the California offense to seven shots in the game.
The Terps will face its first Atlantic Coast Conference challenge of the season when they play host to Boston College on Friday night at 8 p.m.