Sept. 15, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland men's soccer team continued to pour on the offense as the Terps blanked Loyola, 9-0, in front of 1,189 fans Wednesday night at Ludwig Field. Six different players netted goals for Maryland, including Abe Thompson who scored a hat trick and added an assist.
Thompson's seven points on the night give him 104 for his career, making him just the second player in Maryland history to have 100 points. Eberhard Klein is the all-time leader with 109 points.
The nine goals were the most by Maryland since the Terps defeated Manhattan, 10-0, in November of 2001.
With the victory, Maryland moves to 5-0 on the year, while Loyola falls to 2-3.
Stephen King tallied a pair of goals and assists for six points, and Jason Garey added one goal and three assists for four points to help pace the explosive Terrapin offense that has scored 29 goals in just five games this season. Michael Dello-Russo tied a Ludwig Field record with three assists.
The Terrapin back line of Eric Brunner, Kenney Bertz, Chris Lancos and Dello-Russo, along with midfielder Ian Rodway, was equally as stifling, allowing just five shots the entire game. Noah Palmer made two saves for the Terps in his first half of work, including a save on a penalty kick, and Craig Salvati stopped one shot in the second half.
"I think we showed Loyola a tremendous amount of respect by the way we prepared for them," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "They are always a tough game for us because they are well coached and disciplined, and I think they were missing a few key guys and felt the effects of a difficult weekend."
King got the Terps on the board first in the 13th minute after finishing a loose ball in the front of the net. Thompson put Maryland up 2-0 at 21:04 with a rocket past goalkeeper Greg Peters after a through ball from Dello-Russo got to Garey who sent the cross to Thompson. After another goal by King at 29:51, Thompson buried another goal just :54 later after his shot was re-directed by a Loyola defender and found the back of the net.
The Greyhounds had an excellent chance to get on the board in the 42nd minute, but Omar Alfonso's penalty kick was saved by Palmer as the score remained 4-0 going into the half. Maryland held a decisive 14-3 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes of action.
There was no let down by the Terps in the second half, as Thompson completed the hat trick with a score at 46:31. Garey then tallied his ninth goal of the season at 53:15 to push the lead to 6-0. Scores by Lancos at 59:46, Erwin Diaz at 62:13 and Aki Kadotani at 78:49 rounded out the scoring output for Maryland. Kadotani's score was the first of his career, and Brunner's assist on Lancos' goal was his first collegiate point. Eight Terrapins had multiple-point games.
The Greyhounds had just two shots in the final 45 minutes of the game.
"We have great support, especially with 'The Crew' out here, so it's so much fun to play," King said. "On Sunday we felt like we didn't play to our potential, so we wanted to come out flying today and trying to get as many goals as early as possible. We were able to do that; I just happened to be the one who finished a couple of the goals."
Maryland will be back in action this Sunday as the Terps open the ACC portion of the schedule on the road at NC State.