Maryland Surges Past Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - The 13th-ranked Maryland Terrapins scored three second half goals to upset No. 8 Duke, 3-1, Friday night in front of a nationally televised audience at a soggy Koskinen Stadium. Jason Garey and Stephen King each notched a goal and an assist and Chris Seitz made six saves as the Terps snapped their three-game road losing streak.
"This was a great conference win on the road against a great Duke team," head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We made the big plays that you need to make in order to win the big games."
The Blue Devils (7-2-1, 2-1-1 ACC) tested Maryland (8-3-0, 3-1-0 ACC) early in the first half with two shots on goal that were saved by Seitz. Duke's pressure led to six corner kicks in the before the intermission, but was any able to capitalize on the chances. Maryland's best chance came in the 16th minute after Michael Dello-Russo crossed to Jason Garey, but Garey's shot from just outside the six was stuffed by Justin Papadakis. Seitz made another diving save late in the first half to keep the Blue Devils off the board.
The Terps came out strong in the first half, with Garey able to fire a header on goal in the 46th minute of action. Just two minutes later, King notched the score after David Glaudemans freed up Robbie Rogers on the left side of the field. Rogers made a strong individual move into the box and had his first shot attempted blocked by a sliding Duke defender, but it came back to him where he was able to get the ball across to King on the far post for the score.
The Blue Devils had a great chance to even the score after a Blue Devil was taken down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Blake Camp took the PK, but Seitz came up big with the stop. The defensive momentum was almost immediately negated, though, as Tomek Charowski finished a short pass from Camp in traffic to knot the score at 1-1 with over 30 minutes to play in the half.
The two teams traded chances through the next 15 minutes, but Maryland cashed in next on a goal by Garey. King set up the chance after working his way to the endline before finding his teammate in the box. Garey had to shield off a Duke defender but managed to finish his chance from seven yards out at 73:53.
Aki Kadotani put the Blue Devils away in the 83rd minute with an 19-yard blast past Papadakis. Garey won a ball on the left flank and dropped it back to Kadotani in the middle of the field. Kadotani dribbled his way to the top of the box and fired for his first goal of the season.
"Duke was all over us in the first half, but in the second half we were able to showcase our attack and create some goals," Cirovski said.
After being limited to just one shot in the first half, the Terps managed 11 shots in the second.
With his three points, Garey became Maryland's all-time leader in that category with 113, passing former teammate Abe Thompson atop the list.
"It's definitely exciting, but the most important thing is that it helped us get a big win tonight," Garey said of breaking the record. "Abe was a great player here and a great teammate, and I'm fortunate to have had a lot of great teammates to help me surpass this record."
The Terps will take the field on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. for a non-conference matchup with local rival Georgetown. Maryland will return to Ludwig Field next Friday night at 8 p.m. as it takes on North Carolina in Fox Soccer Channel's "Game of the Week."
Noteworthy: The Terps used their ninth different starting lineup ... the Terps won for the first time on the road since the season-opener at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 2 ... Stephen King's goal in the 48th minute was Maryland's first in the last 317 minutes on the road ... since losing to fourth-ranked UCLA on Sept. 4, Maryland has defeated five straight ranked opponents ... the Terps won their second straight game against the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. ... Jason Garey has a goal in each of the last three games ... Stephen King has a point in three straight games ... the Terps are 7-0-0 in games in which he has scored a goal ... Aki Kadotani's goal was his first of the season and second of his career ... Maryland is 2-0-0 in televised games this season ... for the third straight game, goalie Chris Seitz set a career high for saves with six.
-- Courtesy Maryland