Nov. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Taylor Kemp's full volley in the 88th minute vaulted No. 2 seed Maryland past No. 15 Penn State, 1-0, in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Sunday.

Kemp's first goal as a Terrapin could not have come at a better time as it would be the last of 21 shots Maryland fired on the evening, but it's first and only on goal. Maryland (19-2-1) stumped a powerful Penn State offense, led by the nation's top goal-scorer Corey Hertzog. Hertzog was held to only one shot as the Terps registered its program-record tying 15th shutout in 2010.

The Terps began the game with a flurry, rifling off five shots in the first 10 minutes of play before a key save from Zac MacMath at 21:09 got the Maryland defense in on the action. MacMath ended the day with a game-high three saves.

After a highly-contested first half which saw the two teams a mere one shot apart on the scoresheet, the Terps blew the game open in the second stanza, outshooting the Nittany Lions 14-2. Kemp's 20-yard blast came off a set piece at 87:58 after the ball ricocheted out past the 18. It was a scenario that head coach Sasho Cirovski had been emphasizing to his young defender for quite some time.

"It's been an ongoing joke with Taylor all year about when he's going to get his first goal because he gets forward so well," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "He's had some great crosses all year. He's a threat on long-distance shots and has come close so many times. So to get the goal today, I think that is why the team erupted so much, because we have all been waiting for that moment and we are delighted it came on this big stage."

With the win, Maryland advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. The Terps fell to eventual national champion Virginia in the round-of-eight after topping Penn State in the second round last season. The Terps are winners of 15 straight, outscoring foes a whopping 41-4, and have blanked four straight opponents.

"We are delighted with the result," Cirovski said. "We knew this was going to be a very tough game against a highly-motivated Penn State team with a lot of seniors and juniors in their lineup that we beat late last year."

Maryland stays within the Big Ten Conference Saturday when it plays host to No. 10 seed Michigan at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field for a College Cup berth. The match will be webcast live on NCAA.com/allaccess.