Maryland Men's Soccer Loses 4-3 Battle To Wake Forest In Overtime

Oct. 1, 2000

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Ben Stafford netted the game winner in the 99th minute to down the visiting Terrapins 4-3 at Spry Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Terrapins fall to 4-5 overall (1-2 ACC), while Wake Forest is now 5-3-1 (1-1 ACC).

Maryland struck first on a corner kick sequence in the 33rd minute. Junior co-captain Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) found senior Jason Sardis (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) on the short pass, which he crossed nicely across the front of the net from right to left. Tyler Pharr (Dallas, Texas) was there with his 6-2 frame for the header past Wake Forest goalie Rob Vartughian, who recorded five saves in the win.

Just three minutes later, a Deacon foul just outside the box set the Terrapins up for the indirect kick. Downing took the lead on the set piece, with Terrapins streaming through the box, only to hit Sardis less than five yards to his left with the pass. Sardis ripped the shot from 15 yds. out and fit it just past Wake's goalkeeper into the upper lefthand corner of the net.

Wake Forest got on the scoreboard in the second half when a corner kick sequence led to a battle in front of the net. The Demon Deacons come out on top when Jamal Seale got a foot on the ball and found Ben Stafford on the touch through heavy traffic. Stafford sealed the deal, hitting a straight shot from five yards out past Terrapin goalie Christian Lewis (Ellicott City, Md.), who ended the day with three saves.

Two goals in a three-minute span proved to be the undoing of the young Terps in the end. Wake's second goal was an won goal, with Kevin Wickart netting the unassisted Deacon goal 3:13 later. Maryland managed to send the game into overtime when Vitagliano broke away on a pass from Thompson and fired the shot from close range. The Deacs, keeper, Vartughian, deflected the ball, but freshman defender Philip Salyer (Dallas, Texas) was there to finish the shot for his third goal of the week, just beating Wake defender Brock Hilpert to the ball before it crossed the goal line.

Good fortune would shine on the Deacons 8:37 into the first overtime, when Stafford hit the game winner to send the Terps home with their second conference loss of the year.

Maryland's next game is Wednesday against Monmouth at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Box Score

Maryland (4-5, 1-2 ACC)             2	1 	0 	--	3
Wake Forest  (5-3-1, 1-1 ACC)	0 	3 	1 	--	4

GOALS: 32:21- Maryland: Tyler Pharr (Jason Sardis, Nick Downing), 35:07- Maryland: Jason Sardis (Nick Downing) 59:03- Wake Forest: Ben Stafford (Jamal Seale), 66:06- Wake Forest: Maryland Own Goal, 69:19- Wake Forest: Maryland Own Goal, 75:30- Maryland: Philip Salyer (Unassisted), 98:37- Wake Forest: Ben Stafford (Matt Thompson)

SHOTS: Maryland 6+5+3=14, Wake Forest 4+4++4=12 CORNER KICKS: Maryland 2+0+0=2, Wake Forest 1+3+0=4 FOULS: Maryland 2+6+0=8, Wake Forest 7+6+1=14 OFFSIDES: Maryland 0+0+0=0, Wake Forest 3+1+1=5

SAVES: Christian Lewis (3 saves, 98:37 minutes, 4 GA) Rob Vartughian (5 saves, 98:37 minutes, 3 GA)

CARDS: Maryland: None. Wake Forest: None.