Wake Forest at Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jason Garey scored two goals and A.J. Godbolt added two assists as the Maryland Terrapins defeated No. 14 Wake Forest, 3-1, Friday night at Ludwig Field.
"Tonight was a fun game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Wake really came to play, and the game opened up. It was an exciting college soccer game.
"We played a great first half where we did everything we hoped we could do. In the second half, we absorbed some pressure, but our entire team defended intelligently and made some big plays."
The Terps (7-3-0, 2-1-0 ACC) and Deacs (6-3-0, 1-2-0 ACC) played an action-packed first half, with the Terps getting on the board first in the seventh minute when Godbolt and Garey played a give-and-go just inside the box. Garey was able to slip past the Wake defenders to give Maryland the early 1-0 lead.
Wake rallied back, though, as Ryan Solle's corner found the head of Julian Valentin to knot the score at 1-1 in the 13th minute. For Solle it was his NCAA-leading 11th assist, while Valentin registered his second goal of the season.
Maryland was able to get on the board twice more in the first half and make it tough for the Demon Deacons. Wake's Wells Thompson was whistled for a hand ball in the box in the 28th minute, and Maryland's Stephen King knocked home the ensuing penalty kick in the left side of the net. The third Terp goal came after Matt Beckman played a through ball ahead to Godbolt who was making a run down the right side of the box. Godbolt slid a short pass to Garey on the left side for the finish.
After just three shots in the first half, Wake turned up the offensive pressure in the second. Goalie Chris Seitz was forced to make three saves in the first 12 minutes of the second half, including one on a Justin Moose in which he was forced to adjust after the ball deflected through traffic. Seitz made a similar save toward the end of the half on a hard hit shot by Mark Ellington.
The Deacons out-shot the Terps 10-2 in the second frame, and Seitz' five saves all came in the second half.
Noteworthy: The Terps extended their Ludwig Field unbeaten streak to 11 (10-0-1) ... Jason Garey moved past Eberhard Klein and into second place on the all-time points list with his two goals against the Deacs ... Garey now has 110 points and trails only Abe Thompson (112) in that category ... for the second straight game, Chris Seitz set a new career high for saves stopping five Wake shots ... A.J. Godbolt has a career-best seven assists on the year ... Maryland is 2-2-0 this year when being out-shot in a game ... the Terps are 6-0-0 when scoring first ... the win over Wake is Maryland's fourth this season over a ranked opponent.