Men's Soccer Overwhelms NC State With Five Goals In Shutout Win
Oct. 27, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's soccer team used the strength of four second half goals to ease by NC State, 5-0, on October 27 at Ludwig Field. Freshman Rodney Wallace scored two goals for the second time this year while junior Michael Marchiano added a career-high two assists.
The match was originally scheduled for Friday night, but due to this week's rain and poor field conditions, it was played at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. It was the largest margin of victory for Maryland since October 11, 2005 when it beat Georgetown, 6-0.
Junior Graham Zusi and sophomore Drew Yates scored unassisted goals for the Terrapins after the 70th minute. It was Yates' team-leading eighth goal of the year. Sophomore Doug Rodkey scored his first collegiate goal in the 79th minute and senior Stephen King and sophomore Omar Gonzalez added assists. King leads the ACC with nine helpers.
"It's a very good win," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We keep building momentum. I thought the team was very energetic tonight and we had a lot of contributions from a lot of different people. I was delighted to see Graham (Zusi) get back on the board because he has been so close so many times. It was a breakthrough for him. Doug (Rodkey) got his first career goal and I was delighted for him as well. It was a very good team effort. From the sidelines, you saw a very connected performance today. We're making progress. We're a lot better than some people think out there right now, but now its time to get ready for the next one."
Maryland dominated the pace of the game the entire way recording chance after chance throughout the 90 minutes while NC State managed just one shot on goal. The Terps fired off a total of 24 shots, 13 in the first half, to the Wolfpack's six.
After spending a lot of time in its offensive half of the field, Maryland finally got a break when Zusi was taken down while making a run with the ball down the middle of the pitch. A yellow card was issued and Marchiano stepped up to take the free kick from 25 yards out. He put the in-swinger into the box to an awaiting Wallace, who headed a ball beautifully into the left corner of the goal to make it 1-0.
With 12:20 left in the first half, freshman keeper Will Swaim recorded his lone save of the night as Alan Sanchez found a seam to shoot on the right side. He blasted a shot toward the far post, but Swaim made a diving save to keep Maryland's lead safe.
The best chance Maryland had to extend its lead in the first half came off the counterattack from Swaim's save. The offense pushed down field and a cross was sent in from the left side. The pass found Yates at the far post, and with the keeper out of position, headed the ball towards goal. A NC State defender stepped in, though, and kept the second goal from scoring.
Maryland's attack broke out in a big way after the halftime break with four goals. The Terps earned a corner in the 60th minute and Marchiano stepped up to deliver the pass. His ball skipped through to the left side of the box where Gonzalez was waiting. The sophomore flicked a pass to Wallace to his right, who blasted a shot into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
The Terps added three more goals after the 70th minute with the first coming from Zusi at 70:18. Gonzalez took a throw-in on the left side and sent it into the box. The Wolfpack defense got to the ball first and tried to kick it out, but the ball landed right to Zusi, who took a shot at goal. A NC State defender was there to stop the ball again, but the linesman declared the ball over the line to give Zusi the goal.
Rodkey scored the first goal of his career in the 79th minute when King sent in a pass from the right side near the end line. The ball was perfect, finding Rodkey on the left side of the box for the score.
Maryland finally put an end to the scoring in the 83rd minute as the Terps swarming attack forced NC State to make another team save. This time, the ball deflected right to Yates, who put the ball back into the net for the 5-0 win.
The Terps(8-4-4, 2-3-1 ACC) are back in action next Saturday, November 3 when they host No. 10 Virginia at 7:00 p.m. Maryland's three seniors, King, Spencer Allen, and Aki Kadotani will each be honored prior to the match.