No. 5 Terps Stumble at No. 3 UNC
Sept. 24, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Despite registering more shots, the No. 5 Maryland men's soccer team fell at No. 3 North Carolina, 2-1, on Friday night.
Junior midfielder Matt Kassel scored Maryland's lone goal of the night - a penalty kick strike at 74:18 to cut the Tar Heel lead in half.
UNC (5-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) struck first in the match when Michael Farfan's long-range shot from 30-yards out squeaked past diving Terp keeper Zac MacMath in the 10th minute. The Tar Heels notched a 2-0 lead at 52:05 when Farfan tacked on his second goal of the year off a penalty kick following a Terrapin handball in the box.
Maryland (4-2-1, 1-1-1 ACC) answered in the 75th minute when the Terps took advantage of a Tar Heel penalty in the box. Kassel tallied his third goal of the season and has connected on both of his penalty kick situations in 2010.
Maryland is now 8-2-1 in its last 11 meetings with UNC. The loss Friday night snapped a three-game winning streak.
"I think our effort was still good but our quality in the attack was not good," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I like my team. I think we have a bright side. This was always going to be a difficult game. They have a very senior backline and they are tough to penetrate."
Maryland will look to rebound as it remains in conference play next Friday against Duke. The match, which will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel, will also be the official celebration of Maryland's 1,000th game in men's soccer program history.