No. 21 Maryland Knocks Off Virginia Tech, 2-1
Oct. 17, 2004
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Stephen King scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime session to lead No. 21 Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va. The win was the first for the Terps on the road this season.
With the victory, Maryland moves to 8-4-1 on the season, and evens its ACC record to 2-2-1. Virginia Tech falls to 7-6 and 1-2 in conference play.
"This was an important victory for us on the road," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We responded well after giving up that late goal and continued to press in order to get a decision in our favor."
The first half was played predominantly in the midfield as the two teams combined for just five shots in the first 45 minutes (three for Maryland, two for Virginia Tech). The Terps controlled the majority of the possession, but the Hokies had a pair of good scoring chances on a counter-attack midway through the first half. Noah Palmer made a point-blank save on a Kevin Edwards shot and then got to his feet to save the rebound fired in by Ben Nason. Despite controlling the possession, the Terps were patient in their shot selection, taking just three shots - one of which was on goal.
Maryland continued to press in the second half, but the Tech defense refused to allow the Terps to get quality looks inside the 18. Maryland finally broke through when A.J. Godbolt worked deep on the right side of the box and sent a ball through the Tech defense to the top of the box. King drew the attention of the Tech defense, but he let the ball continue to the top of the box where Ian Rodway buried the 18-yard shot into the upper-left corner of the net.
The deficit seemed to inspire the Virginia Tech offense as the Hokies played with desperation in the final four minutes. Off a corner kick, a scramble ensued in front of the net and Bailey Allman headed the ball in through the traffic with just 48 seconds left in the game.
Despite surrendering the late goal, the Terps continued to play aggressively in the first overtime period. Jason Garey made a soft touch on the ball to Godbolt who was pulled down in the box by a Tech defender, allowing King to convert the first penalty kick of his career for the game-winner.
The Terps will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Penn on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.