Nov. 3, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the help of its three seniors in their final regular season home match at Ludwig Field, the No. 25 Maryland men's soccer team beat No. 14 Virginia, 4-1, on November 3 in front of 3,267 fans. Stephen King led the way as he had a hand in all four goals, scoring one and dishing out a career-high three assists.
King, who has never missed a start in his career, was in the starting lineup for the 89th time which ties the program record held by Keith Beach. With his three helpers, King moved to second all-time at Maryland with 32 career assists. He is now tied with Eberhard Klein who had the same number from 1962-64. He is just three more assists away from tying Beach for the career record of 35.
Senior Spencer Allen scored his first goal of the year and also added an assist while classmate Aki Kadotani also scored a goal. Junior Graham Zusi added the fourth Maryland goal while junior Michael Marchiano and sophomore Doug Rodkey notched assists.
"They are three great people and you couldn't have scripted this any better," head coach Sasho Cirovski said of his three seniors. "Spencer Allen scored our first goal as a left back, then Aki Kadotani makes a great play, and Stephen King hits a free kick. Overall, the team was very focused and we played a complete game. We played some of our most focused soccer of the year. We have some of our preseason energy back and it's exciting. I'm extremely proud of this performance. It couldn't get any better. Those three kids are really special and tonight was their night. It was a perfect night."
The Terrapins improved to 9-4-4 and are now 3-3-1 in the ACC while Virginia dropped to 10-5-2 and 1-4-2 in the conference. Maryland did not lose in its nine-game homestand with a record of 6-0-3. The Terps outscored their opponents 23-8 in that stretch.
Maryland's attack was persistent throughout the night and it was Allen who struck first in the 11th minute. King handled the ball on the left side of the pitch and found Marchiano. The junior captain sent a low pass across the box to the far post where Allen was making a run. The Washington, D.C. product slid and put the ball into the back of the net for his first goal this year.
Virginia had a good chance to equalize with 17:38 on the clock as Ross LaBauex handled the ball in the box with his back to the goal. He turned and fired but his shot was deflected out of bounds for a corner kick, but it did not provide a threat.
The Cavaliers did get their equalizer in the 31st minute when Neil Barlow used a long pass to find Yannick Reyering on the left side of the box. Reyering snuck a shot between freshman Will Swaim and the left post to tie the game up.
It didn't take long for Maryland to regain the lead as in the 33rd minute the Terps got their go-ahead goal. Allen controlled the ball on the left side of the box and then found King ahead of him. King delivered a pass across the box to the right side to an awaiting Zusi who recorded the game-winning goal.
The Terps controlled the second half and took seven shots to Virginia's two. Kadotani struck the back of the net in the 75th minute after Rodkey sent him a long pass ahead of everyone else. Kadotani went one-on-one with the keeper and beat him for his second goal in three games.
In the 81st minute, Zusi was taken down in front of the box on the left side to set up a free kick. Cirovski ordered the senior King to step to the ball instead of Zusi and it paid off. King bent a shot around the wall and beat the keeper with a beautiful shot to seal the win.
Maryland will conclude its regular season on Friday, November 9 when it heads to North Carolina for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.