Nov. 3, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kaoru Forbess scored in the 10th minute to lift the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team past Navy, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps (11-4-2) snapped a two-game scoring drought at 9:57 when Forbess notched his second goal of the season. The sophomore midfielder faked a pass and then struck the ball from 20 yards out into the upper left corner for an early 1-0 Maryland lead.
Navy nearly came back when the Midshipmen tallied three shots in succession in the 32nd minute. The first two were blocked, including one by Forbess at the goal line and concluded when Wes Powell's shot went wide. Maryland outshot Navy, 9-4, in the first half and kept the Midshipmen on defense for the vast majority of the period.
The Terps remained in attacking mode in the second stanza, firing off an additional ten shots and had several close calls down the stretch. Forbess remained the focus of the Terps' play when his long-range strike sailed high in the 50th minute. At 55:59, Matt Kassel put a nice ball into the box off a corner kick which deflected off of Drew Yates to John Stertzer, but Stertzer's header sailed wide of the near post.
Jordan Cyrus tacked on two last shots for the Terps and both came inches from the goal around the 86th minute. His first shot came after a nice feed from London Woodberry down the far sideline but nailed off the crossbar. His second strike went wide after he broke free from the Navy backline off a solid through ball from Paul Torres.
Maryland secured its eighth shutout of the 2009 season. Zac MacMath picked up his ninth win and seventh shutout in goal.
"This was a good win, we were in control the entire game and our guys played with a lot of commitment and skill," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Navy's philosophy was great and it was a good soccer game which was good to see."
The Terps return for Senior Night at Ludwig Field on Friday night when they play host to College of Charleston. The regular season finale is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.