Hall Converts Penalty Kick In 84th Minute To Push Men's Soccer Past Lehigh
Oct. 9, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the scored tied 1-1 in the 84th minute, sophomore Jeremy Hall connected on a penalty kick to give the Maryland men's soccer team a 2-1 win against Lehigh on October 9 at Ludwig Field. Classmate Drew Yates scored his team leading sixth goal of the season in the 31st minute in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
"I thought we showed some very good character to come back from a late, equalizing goal," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We put a lot of pressure on them and had a number of chances; our best sequence was after they scored. As a result, we forced a penalty kick and got a good goal."
"It was a sub par performance but I am very pleased with the character we showed," Cirovski added. "Overall, our defending was good except for one situation. We're still showing growth. We found a way to come back and win this game and last Tuesday we didn't do that."
Maryland was constantly on the attack throughout the 90 minutes and fired off 16 shots while earning the same amount of corner kicks.
The Terrapins' pressure paid off with some early opportunities as six minutes in, junior Michael Marchiano stepped up for a corner kick. His delivery went to freshman Sean Flatley in the box, who headed a ball wide of the target.
A couple of minutes later junior Graham Zusi sent a ball into the box from about 35 yards out on the right side. His pass skipped through the box but freshman Rodney Wallace was making a run to the far post. Wallace slid for the ball but barely missed getting a shot off as the pass rolled out of bounds.
At the 35:51 mark, the Terps nearly got on the board as Marchiano sent in another in-swinger off of a corner kick. This time, the pass found Hall at the far post who used his head to get a shot on goal. Lehigh keeper Brian Lee used a quick reflex to keep the shot out of net and the Terps off the board.
Maryland's persistence finally paid off with exactly 31:00 showing on the board as junior Rich Costanzo sent in a cross after putting a nice move on a Mountain Hawk defender. The ball bounced once in the box to an awaiting Yates who slipped a shot past the keeper for the game's first goal. It was Yates' first touch of the game which came just over five minutes after he entered the match.
The second half continued much like the first, with Maryland possessing in its offensive half of the field, but it was Lehigh who came up with the first decent chance after the halftime whistle. After some clever passing in the middle of the field, the Mountain Hawks' leading scorer, Kyle Evans, found a seam to shoot. His blast sailed wide to the left and was not a threat.
Maryland got another corner kick a half hour in as Zusi lined up for the play on the left side. His delivery found freshman Billy Cortes in the mix who got a head to the ball, but his shot was stopped by Lee. A few minutes later, it was Cortes who sent in a corner to sophomore Omar Gonzalez, who missed by inches to the left on a header.
With the Terps constantly on the offensive, it was a Lehigh counterattack that caught Maryland off guard and got the Mountain Hawks on the board. In the 80th minute, Michael Hessemer found himself with the ball on the right side and saw Jim Taranto making a run down the middle. Hessemer delivered a good ball to Taranto, who scored the equalizer late in the game.
Maryland responded with chance after chance following the Lehigh goal and eventually broke through for the game-winner. The Terps earned several corners and only a pair of impressive saves by Lee kept Maryland from getting the go-ahead goal.
With just over seven minutes remaining, the Terps were still pressuring and senior Stephen King was making a run with the ball on the right side of the box. He was tripped up and the referee awarded the Terps the penalty kick, which Hall converted for the win.
Lee made fives saves for the Mountain Hawks (5-3-2) while freshman keeper Thorne Holder was credited with two in his second-straight win.
The Terps (5-4-2) return to action on Saturday, October 13 when they host No. 8 Virginia Tech at 7:00 p.m.