Men's Soccer Ties Virginia Tech, 1-1
Oct. 13, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's soccer team went to overtime for the sixth time this season, this time resulting in a 1-1 draw against No. 8 Virginia Tech on October 13 in front of 4,009 fans at Ludwig Field. Sophomore Jeremy Hall scored his fourth goal of the year in the 64th minute for the Terrapins.
Freshman keeper Thorne Holder saved a career high four shots in the 110 minutes while senior Stephen King earned the assist on Hall's tally. The 4,009 spectators that watched the match was the 10th largest crowd in Ludwig Field history.
"The first half was fairly even, even though we were down at halftime," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We weren't as crisp as I would have liked. I thought in the second half and overtime we represented the Maryland style of soccer which was better. We played much quicker and possessed the ball. We pressured defensively all over the field and really controlled the tempo. After we tied it, we kept pressuring and getting quality chances but as has been the case all season, the quality of the final shot or pass has simply not been there. That's the only disappointment of the evening."
Holder was pressured early in the match as he had to make a save two minutes in. Patrick Nyarko found Robert Edmans on the right side for a shot and Edmans put it on net, but Holder stopped the shot to keep the Hokies off the board.
Virginia Tech nearly scored with a little under 29 minutes to go when Nyarko sent in a cross from the left side. The pass found the 6-6 Edmans in the box who got a head to it, but his shot hit the cross bar and bounced out. The ball then went to Georg Zehender who fired a shot too high.
The Hokies' pressure paid off in the 23rd minute as Nyarko made yet another run, this time on the right side. After a good individual effort, he sent in a pass to an open Zehender in the box, who beat the Maryland defense to put Virginia Tech up 1-0.
Maryland almost equalized in the 30th minute when Hall was making a run down the middle of the field. He got tripped up by a Hokie defender but the ball skipped to King behind him who found a seam to shoot. King blasted a shot, but Markus Aigner made one of his four saves to keep the Hokies' lead heading into halftime.
Holder came up big for the Terps early in the second half as he made a diving save on a shot by Charles Campbell to keep the deficit at one.
Then, the Terps started to piece together impressive attacks as they started to control the pace of the match. Freshman Billy Cortes set up a streaking Graham Zusi 10 minutes into the second half but his shot was deflected high.
A few minutes later, Cortes and Hall used some clever passing to set up freshman Rodney Wallace on the right side of the box, but Aigner came off of his line and thwarted the attack.
In the 64th minute, Maryland finally struck as King stole the ball in the Terps' offensive third from Scott Spangler. Hall made a run in the middle of the box and King's pass was perfect as Hall found the back of the net to tie the game 1-1.
Momentum completely shifted in Maryland's favor after its goal as the Terps kept up the offensive pressure. With 11 minutes left in regulation, Zusi set up for a corner kick on the left side. His in-swinger found Wallace in the box who headed a shot towards the left side of the goal, but Aigner made a diving fingertip save to keep the go-ahead goal from finding the net.
Hall got another chance with 3:25 to go in regulation as King found sophomore Drew Yates with a through ball on the right side. Yates then found Hall in the box with a man on him. Hall made a move, turned and fired, but his attempt sailed just wide to the left.
The first overtime was evenly played as neither side was able to get off a shot. Maryland took three shots in the second extra session to Virginia Tech's one, but none of the chances proved to be dangerous.
The Terps (5-4-3, 1-3-1 ACC) are back in action on Tuesday, October 16 when they host Villanova at Ludwig Field at 7:30 p.m.