NC State Downs Maryland, 1-0
Sept. 25, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's Aaron King put Maryland in an early 1-0 deficit and held on the rest of the way despite intense Maryland pressure to upset the Terrapins Sunday afternoon at Method Road Soccer Comlex. The Terps outshot the Wolfpack 14-7 but was shutout for the second consecutive game.
"It's tough to win if you don't score a goal," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We were ready to play, but give credit to NC State. We had some good chances that would've been goals against even the best keepers, but [NC State keeper] Jorge Gonzalez made great saves."
For the second straight game, the Terps (5-3-0, 1-1-0 ACC) surrendered a goal in the second minute of action. NC State's Aaron King handled a long through ball El Hadj Cisse just past midfield. King raced the rest of the way and fired a shot past a diving Craig Salvati.
The Terps were kept at bay in the first half by goalkeeper Gonzalez. Gonzalez made three first half saves, including two against Jason Garey from inside the box. Another Garey shot was cleared off the line by a NC State (5-3-1, 1-1-1 ACC) defender early on to keep the Terps scoreless.
Maryland kept the pace high in the second half, but were unable to connect in the box as the Wolfpack were on their heels for most of the final 45 minutes. Maryland's Marc Burch had a few good looks at goal, but one was stopped by Gonzalez while the other was blocked in the box by a NC State defender.
NC State managed just three shots in the second half and were limited to seven in the game.
The loss snaps Maryland's nine-game unbeaten streak against the Wolfpack and marked the first time since 1994 that the Terps lost to the Wolfpack in Raleigh. The Terps have not scored in three straight road games and have lost three of four on the road this season.
Maryland will look to bounce back on a quick turnaround on Tuesday, as the Terps play host to William & Mary on Tuesday night. Last season, the Tribe knocked off the Terps 1-0 in overtime while Maryland was the No. 1-ranked team in the country.