No. 3 Terps Rip Marshall, 6-0
Sept. 5, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Maryland Terrapins got three goals in the first 15 minutes and cruised to a 6-0 victory over Marshall in the second game of the Virginia/Nike Classic. Maryland's 11 goals over the two days sets a Virginia/Nike Tournament record and is the most goals in consecutive games since 2001 when Maryland scored 13 against Manhattan and NC State.
Abe Thompson and Jason Garey each scored a pair of goals and an assist in the win.
"The goal for this weekend was to get two wins and come out of this healthy, and apart from a few bruises we did that," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Now the focus is on St. John's and getting into the season at home.
"We came out and showed great respect for our opponent and very prepared and did what we needed to do early on."
The Terps (2-0) struck early on their first real possession of the game as Abe Thompson played a give-and-go to Domenic Mediate. Mediate was pulled down in the box near the touch line and a foul was called. Thompson buried the penalty kick into the left side of the net just two minutes into the game.
Just over a minute later, Thompson sent a high cross to the right side of the box. The ball landed five yards from the far post, and A.J. Godbolt was there to finish for the score on a tough angle. The goal was the first of Godbolt's career. Godbolt was making the first start of his career in place of Maurice Edu, who has a bruised knee but should be available next week.
The Terps kept the offense coming, this time with Jason Garey providing the goal in the 14th minute. Ian Rodway came up with another ball in the midfield and sent a through ball to a streaking Garey along the right side. Garey got the shot off from just inside the box and the diving Marshall keeper slowed the ball with his body, but it was not enough to keep the ball from rolling into the net.
The forward combo of Thompson and Garey combined for the next goal as Garey countered a Marshall attack and sent a through ball for Thompson, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Thompson faked the keeper at the top of the box and then cruised the rest of the way for the easy score at 23:56. Just under two minutes later, Garey headed a cross from Michael Dello-Russo into the net. Godbolt was also credited with an assist for sending the pass to Dello-Russo.
Marshall's only scoring opportunity in the first half came on a header by Kirk Gibson that was saved by Noah Palmer. Marshall had only three shots in the first half. Palmer played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Craig Salvati.
In the second half, Marshall (0-2) was able to possess the ball a little better, but the Thundering Herd settled for mostly long-range shots. The Terps lit up the scoreboard again on its first shot of the second half at 59:06 after a throw in by Spencer Darman Allen went to Erwin Diaz down on the touch line. Diaz sent a cross to the middle of the box where Jason Arnold headed the ball in for the score.
Salvati made four saves in the second half for the Terps to preserve Maryland's second consecutive shutout.
Maryland will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m., against No. 2 St. John's in a re-match of last year's NCAA semifinals. The game is part of the Maryland/adidas Classic, and will follow a matchup between Penn State and Georgetown.