Sept. 22, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Cole Grossman scored with 1:33 remaining in double overtime as No. 12 Duke beat the No. 16 Maryland men's soccer team, 2-1, on September 22 at Koskinen Stadium. Sophomore Drew Yates scored the equalizer for the Terrapins and freshman keeper Will Swaim was credited with a career high nine saves on the night.
"They got a counter attack and got the ball wide and made a really nice play," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We should have come out of here with at least a tie. We had opportunities to win but a tie would have been a fair result. We fought extremely hard and I'm very proud of these guys."
The Terps and Duke shared a lot of possession in the first half but the Blue Devils fired off a majority of the shots as they led in that category 9-4. Their first good opportunity came 10:35 into the game as Joe Germanese found open space on the left side of the box. His shot was deflected by the Maryland defense and bounced in front of Mike Grella, but freshman keeper Will Swaim came off his line to stop another attempt on goal.
The Blue Devils earned a couple of corner kicks at the 29:00 mark but failed to convert on them. On the first attempt, Josh Bienenfeld got off a shot but the blast was redirected high by Swaim. Duke was unable to get a shot off of its second corner.
Maryland got its first quality chance with 19:30 on the clock as senior Stephen King forced the ball deep into the box on the right side that forced the Duke defense to kick out for a throw in. Senior Spencer Allen lined up for the toss and found sophomore Omar Gonzalez who redirected it back to junior Rich Costanzo, whose blast was deflected right to keeper Justin Papadakis who made the save.
Duke kept up their steady attack with three more opportunities in the last 15 minutes. The first came on a deep throw in by Darrius Barnes on the right side. His strong toss reached the six yard box and Duke got a head to the ball, but the shot was harmless has it passed the right post.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Maryland committed a foul on the left side about 22 yards out. Grella stepped up for the free kick and put a shot on net, but his shot was right at Swaim who made the save. Five minutes later, Spencer Wadsworth got a decent shot at goal, but again, it was right at Swaim who made his fourth save of the half.
Duke missed out on a great opportunity early in the second half as an errant pass in their offensive half landed on the foot of Grella. The junior dribbled down the field with a Maryland defender to his left and fired off an open shot, but it was low and right at Swaim who stopped the shot.
The Blue Devils finally broke through with 34:45 left in the match after Pavelid Castaneda attempted a shot inside the box. His attempt was blocked by the Terps, but the deflection landed to a wide open Graham Dugoni on the left side of the 18. Dugoni's shot went uncontested and beat Swaim as Duke went up 1-0.
Maryland responded seven minutes later by converting on its best chance up to that point. King handled the ball in front of the box and found some room to his right. He fired off a shot that Papadakis made a diving save on, but Yates followed the play and was wide open to but back the rebound for the equalizer.
The Terps kept on the attack and at the 22:22 mark almost found the back of the net again. A pass was lobbed into sophomore Jeremy Hall in front of the box who used his chest to redirect it to senior Aki Kadotani to his left. Kadotani fired a shot that deflected off a Duke player and sailed wide past the left post.
With just under 10 minutes to go in the match, Costanzo was fouled from behind near midfield. Gonzalez took the ensuing free kick and sent a ball into the box. The pass was headed out by the Duke defense but went right to King about 20 yards out. King sent in a blast but his shot went just wide to the right.
A little over three minutes later, Grella was streaking down the left side with the ball and found some space to shoot, but his attempt was deflected wide by sophomore A.J. Delagarza and went out of bounds for a Duke corner. The Blue Devils were unable to make anything of it though as the score remained tied.
The Terps got a huge scare with 40 seconds left on the clock as Duke sent a ball deep into the box to their 6-7 forward Paul Dudley. Swaim came out and got to the ball, but Dudley's head jarred it loose. Dudley got to the ball in the six yard box and redirected it towards net but mishit the shot and Swaim was able to recover and keep the shot out of goal.
Maryland used some of its best ball movement of the night after the opening kick in overtime and got the only good chance of the first extra session. King sent in a cross from the left side to junior Graham Zusi in the box who earned a corner for the Terps, but Maryland came away with nothing to show for it.
The winning goal came with 1:33 left in the match as Joe Germanese found Grossman on the left side. Instead of sending in a cross, Grossman fired at goal and his shot nailed under the crossbar and went in for the game-winner.
The Terps (3-3-1, 0-2-0) are on the road again next Saturday when they travel to No. 1 Wake Forest on September 29 for a 7:00 p.m. ACC contest.