No. 8 Maryland Handles No. 12 Clemson, 3-0
Sept. 16, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins scored three second half goals and held Clemson to just four second half shots as the Terps defeated the Tigers, 3-0, in front of 3,275 fans Friday night at Ludwig Field. Robbie Rogers, Kenney Bertz and Matt Beckman each netted goals as the Terps handed Clemson its first loss of the season.
"Clemson played us very even in the first half, but we raised our sense of purpose and urgency in the second half all over the field," head coach Sasho Cirovski said as his team knocked off a third-straight ranked opponent. "As a result, our execution was more crisp which led to the goals."
The Terps (3-1-0, 1-0-0 ACC) and Tigers (3-1-1, 0-1-1) played a sluggish first half as the two combined for eight more fouls (20) than shots (12). Maryland pressed in the second half, and broke through when Chris Lancos was able to press forward along the right side and get a pass to Stephen King towards the endline. King managed to connect with Rogers who buried his second goal of the season at 52:34.
Just nine minutes later, Maryland stretched its lead to 2-0 as Maurice Edu sent a corner just outside the box where Bertz half-volleyed the ball to the far post for the score. Beckman put the game away when he finished A.J. Godbolt's short corner from seven yards out with under one minute left in the game.
Craig Salvati recorded his second straight shutout in goal for Maryland making two saves in the game. The Maryland defense limited Clemson to just four shots in the second half and nine for the game.
"All night everyone on the field played hard defense," Bertz said. "We take pride in trying to get a shutout, and we're happy to get one tonight against a good opponent."
Clemson's Phil Marfuggi made six saves but allowed all three Terrapin goals to take the loss.
Maryland will return to action on Sunday when the Terps play host to St. Bonaventure at 5 p.m. as the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.
Noteworthy: Robbie Rogers goal was the first game-winner of his career in his first start as a Terp ... the Terps have not allowed a goal since the 47th minute of the Santa Clara game, a span of 223 minutes ... in the three games against ranked opponents, Maryland has outscored the opposition 9-1 ... Baltimore native Matt Beckman's goal was the first of his career ... Kenney Bertz' goal was the first that he's scored with his feet -- his other four career goals came off headers ... Maryland is 7-0-1 in its last eight games at Ludwig Field, dating back to last season ... Stephen King has at least one point in four of Maryland's five games this season.