No. 1 Terps Take Down No. 10 UCLA, 4-1
Sept. 2, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md.The top-ranked Terps used four different goal scorers to defeat No. 10 UCLA, 4-1, on September 2 at Ludwig Field. Freshman Jason Herrick, junior Stephen King, freshman Jeremy Hall, and sophomore Graham Zusi all recorded a goal in the win. Despite the inclement weather due to the remnants of Ernesto, 4,020 fans watched the match, which is the fifth-largest crowd in Ludwig history.
King added two assists in the match and now has three goals and three assists in the Terps first three matches. Herrick recorded his first career assist to go along with his first goal and Hall's goal was also his first in a Maryland uniform. Senior David Glaudemans and freshman Drew Yates also had assists in the match.
Despite the postponement of the match until this morning, the Terps faithful still came out to watch. Two of the top five attendance marks at Ludwig Field have been against the Bruins. The last time the two met in College Park, 6,143 fans came out back in 2003 which is the second-largest crowd ever at Ludwig. The Terps won that match as well, 1-0.
"The fans were amazing," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I want to thank all of our students, all of our soccer community, and our loyal fans. The greatest compliment they could have paid this team was to show up today."
Maryland came out after the beginning whistle and controlled most of the first half. After a few chances that just missed, the Terps took advantage of an open field when King served a through ball in front of the box to Herrick who beat his man and knocked a shot past the keeper for a 1-0 advantage.
Herrick returned the favor about four minutes later when he delivered a cross from the right side to King in the box who nailed it past the Bruins goalkeeper for the match's second tally. The Terps would take that 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
For the third time this season, the Terps scored in the opening three minutes of a half. This time, UCLA tried to clear a Maryland corner, but King picked up the ball and found Hall on the right side of the box. Hall chested the ball and struck a shot on the volley to put the Terps up 3-0 in incredible fashion. The goal came at the 46:16 mark in the match.
There were limited chances for either team in the second half after the goal. In the 60th minute, UCLA got on the board when Sal Zizzo served a cross to Maxwell Griffin who put a diving header past the Terps defense for the Bruins only goal. It was the first goal this season that Maryland had allowed.
Fourteen minutes later, the Terps put the match away with their fourth goal. After a couple of passes from Glaudemans and Yates in the offensive third, Zusi ended up with the ball and an open lane to shoot about seven yards in front of the box. He blasted a shot over the UCLA keeper to seal the win.
"This was a great effort by a lot of individuals," Cirovski said. "It was a total team effort; which we needed to do because that UCLA team is clearly one of the most talented teams in the country. They can dissect you if you're not connected and doing the little things right. "
The Terps are back in action on Monday, September 4 when Louisville comes to Ludwig Field for a non-conference matchup. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. The No. 25 women's team will play before the men at 4:30 p.m. against UMBC.