No. 8 Maryland Sails Past No. 9 Boston College, 1-0, in Men's Soccer Action
Sept. 12, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Graham Zusi scored in the 11th minute to give No. 8 Maryland a 1-0 win against No. 9 Boston College to open up ACC men's soccer play on Friday night at Ludwig Field.
Maryland (4-1-0) struck early once again as Jeremy Hall headed a ball 15 yards outside the goal only to have it ousted by a group of Eagle defenders only 4:14 into the game.
Zusi made the second shot of the game count for the Terps, controlling a cross from Doug Rodkey on the far side, dribbling and shooting from close range past diving BC goalkeeper Chris Brown. It is Zusi's first goal of the season and broke a two-game dry spell against Boston College in which Maryland has been unable to score.
Maryland would strike again soon after the Zusi goal when freshman Casey Townsend found himself alone in the box and fired a shot that went just wide of the goal in the 19th minute of play.
Boston College (2-2-1) got their first legitimate scoring opportunity with only one minute remaining in the first half when Shawn Chin lifted a solid corner kick into the box only to be expelled out of the box by the tenacious Terp defense.
A foul just inches outside the box nearly cost Maryland in the 52nd minute but a fantastic save by Terp keeper Will Swaim to knock out a long-range strike from BC's Mike Konicoff kept the Eagles at nil.
Maryland retaliated in the 65th minute when Drew Yates sent a laser just high of the goal and held on for the squad's first win in ACC play this season.
"I am really proud of tonight's performance," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was a well-deserved and hard-fought victory against a great opponent."
The win also signified a milestone for Cirovski, who is in his 16th season at the helm of the Maryland program. The victory gives Cirovski 217 wins all-time and ties long-time coach Doyle Royal for most wins in Terrapin men's soccer history.
"I actually wasn't even aware of the milestone until I read our game notes in the preview," Cirovski said. "I'm just so proud of our program and absolutely love it here."
Up next for the Terps is another ACC battle, this time against Duke. That game will be Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. at Ludwig Field.