#4 Terps Draw with Wake on Senior Night

Nov. 3, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a stark advantage in possession and shots the No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team drew with Wake Forest, 1-1, on senior night Thursday at Ludwig Field.

With the tie, Maryland (13-2-3, 4-2-2 ACC) was awarded the second seed in the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship, which begins Monday.

Junior John Stertzer put the Terps ahead in the 32nd minute on a header from 10 yards out from Taylor Kemp. The strike was Stertzer's team-high 14th goal of the season.

The Demon Deacons equalized on the other side of the halftime break on a fantastic individual play from Sean Okoli. Okoli created space for himself and launched a bending ball from 25 yards out over goalkeeper Will Swaim.

The remainder of the match saw Maryland unleash a barrage of shots on Wake Forest to no avail.

Sophomore midfielder Helge Leikvang blasted a rocket off the crossbar in the 60th minute and Casey Townsend just missed wide in the 71st minute.

The Terps continued to push forward as Townsend and London Woodberry each had chances in the waning moments of regulation, but were repeatedly thwarted by Wake Forest defenders.

Emotions ran high throughout the game and Wake Forest midfielder Jared Watts was ejected at the start of the second overtime on consecutive yellows to give the Terps a man advantage for the final minutes.

Maryland's best chance for the game-winner came in the 108th minute when Townsend headed a perfect shot to the corner, but was robbed by a sprawling Lisch.

Wake Forest needed a remarkable performance defensively and got it, making 11 saves and blocking numerous others, as the Terrapins outshot the Demon Deacons 35-6.

"It was overall a great performance and an unsatisfying result," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "However, we finished second in the league and we are still in a great place. There were a lot of positives to draw. The things that we are lacking are fixable and the effort and the quality overall was very good."

Maryland honored its five seniors - Kaoru Forbess, Alex Lee, Matt Oduaran, Townsend and Swaim - prior to Thursday's kickoff. The senior class boasts a staggering 70-14-6 record in the last four seasons.

The Terps will face No. 7 seed Boston College on Tuesday at Ludwig Field in the ACC quarterfinals at 7 p.m.