No. 10 Terps Men's Soccer Drops No. 21 Charlotte, 2-1, in Overtime
Oct. 7, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - As presidential hopefuls Barrack Obama and John McCain were undertaking a town hall meeting on national television, Ludwig Field had its own version as Jeremy Hall connected with Casey Townsend for the game-winner nearly six minutes into the first overtime as the No. 10 Maryland men's soccer team dropped No. 21 Charlotte, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
Maryland out-shot Charlotte, 8-4, thru 45 minutes of play but only had a handful of scoring opportunities. Omar Gonzalez had a solid header off a Matt Kassel free kick get past 49er keeper David Martin but Charlotte's Ryan Swaim made a tremendous stop to kick the ball out of the goal and keep the scoreboard empty.
Charlotte scored early in the second half when 49er forward Evan James had a breakaway up the middle and fired it past Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath for a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute. Isaac Caughran was credited with the assist in the play. Maryland nearly tied the match in the 53rd minute when Townsend nearly squeezed one past Martin but Charlotte's junior goalkeeper made a great save to kill the scoring chance.
The Terps got on the board at the 61:27 mark when Hall snagged a ball off a save by the 49er keeper and rocketed it into the back of the net for a tie score. The goal is Hall's fifth this season and his third in the past two contests.
Maryland possessed the ball nearly the entire second half as the only shot from the 49ers was the one that scored early in the period. But neither squad was able to put the game away and the result was Maryland's second overtime contest of the 2008 season.
The Terps came out shooting again and nearly six minutes into the first overtime period, Townsend caught a ball from Hall from the near side of the box and sealed the win for Maryland, which moves to 8-3-0 on the year. It is the freshman's team-leading seventh goal of the year. Fellow classmate MacMath made three saves and notched his fourth win of the season between the pipes.
Charlotte saw its six-game winning streak snapped and falls to 8-2-0 in 2008.
"This was a great response after a disappointing loss (against Clemson Friday night)," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was a test if the mind, heart and body and we passed."
Maryland gets back into ACC action with a contest at Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Blacksburg, Va.