No. 12 Maryland Blanks No. 15 VCU, 3-0
Sept. 11, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 12th-ranked Maryland Terrapin men's soccer team captured its fourth-straight Maryland/adidas Classic with a 3-0 win over No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth Sunday evening at Ludwig Field. Maryland benefited from a VCU own goal and Robbie Rogers and Jason Garey each tallied a score to lead the Terps and Craig Salvati recorded the shutout as the Terps picked up their second straight win this season over a ranked opponent.
For his efforts on the weekend, Garey was named the tournament's offensive MVP. Garey scored three goals in two games. Salvati earned defensive MVP honors after registering a career-high five saves Friday night against Santa Clara and stopped three shots in the shutout of the Rams.
"VCU came to play tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "They were highly determined and aggressive. It was a pretty even first half but we were able to get the opportunistic goal, but in the second half we were more aggressive in our overall play which resulted in two great goals."
The first half that was marred by 21 fouls (15 on VCU, 6 on Maryland) and two cards compared to just four total shots from both teams. The Terps took a 1-0 lead, though, in the 27th minute after Bertz took a throw-in 15 yards up the sideline and sent the ball into the box where it was deflected into the goal by a Ram defender.
The Terps (3-1-0) controlled the play in the second half and saw better offensive chances as a result. Just seven minutes after halftime, Stephen King put on a great individual effort to give himself some room on the right side of the box to send a high pass over to freshman Robbie Rogers. Rogers then half-volleyed the ball from eight yards out past a sliding Andrew Dykstra for the score. Garey then put the game away in the 76th minute after finishing a cross sent by A.J. Godbolt after he was sprung down the right side by King.
Salvati made two tough saves on VCU's dangerous striker Dominic Oduro in the second half to help keep the Rams (1-3-0) off the board.
Forty-seven fouls where whistled in the game and six cards were issued.
The Maryland Terrapins return to Ludwig Field next Friday, Sept. 16, for the ACC opener against Clemson.
Noteworthy: Maryland won its fourth-straight Maryland/adidas Classic ... the Terps have now won nine straight games at the tournament, dating back to 2001 ... Robbie Rogers notched the first goal of his career against the Rams ... it was also his first career game-winning goal ... Garey's goal moves him into a tie for third all-time with Eberhard Klein for career goals (42) ... he also moved into sole possession of third for career points with 98 ... only two other players have scored 100 points in their Maryland careers (Eberhard Klein and Abe Thompson) ... Garey earned MVP honors for the second straight season at this tournament ... Salvati's shutout was the third of his career ... Stephen King's two assists vs. VCU matches his career-high in a game.