No. 3 Maryland Handles Wake Forest, 3-1
Oct. 23, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
The No. 3 Maryland men's soccer team picked up its first win against Wake Forest since 2006, downing the Demon Deacons, 3-1, on Saturday night.
Paul Torres, Casey Townsend and Matt Kassel accounted for Maryland's (11-2-1, 5-1-1 ACC) scoring on the nights. The Terps, winners of seven straight, outshot Wake (5-7-2, 3-2-2 ACC) an astounding 22-7 in the match and attempted a season-high 13 corner kicks, including eight in the first half.
Torres provided the Terps with their first goal in the 30th minute. A groundball shot from Patrick Mullins was saved by Demon Deacon keeper Akira Fitzgerald but the rebound bounced to Jason Herrick, who also had his strike saved. A streaking Torres up the middle then finished the drive with a bullet to the right corner for a 1-0 lead.
At 62:58, Townsend tallied his second goal of the week off a serve from a pressed-up Taylor Kemp. Townsend shook a pair of Wake defenders and powered the ball past Fitzgerald for a Terrapin two-goal cushion.
A Wake Forest score in the 68th minute from Danny Wenzel was nearly cleared out before inching past the goal line moving the score to 2-1.
Townsend pressured an attempted clear by the Wake backline and caused a deflection that ricocheted to Herrick who was taken down in the box in the 72nd minute. Kassel missed his first penalty kick of the year but came back with a vengeance in the 83rd minute with a 30-yard blast off a free kick that lifted out of reach for Fitzgerald.
Maryland is now 11-0 when scoring the first goal of the game this season. With the win, the Terps even the all-time series with Wake, 15-15-4.
"It was a great win. Defensively we were outstanding and we were very connected," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We had good communication all over the field.
"That's a young but very talented Wake Forest team. To their credit, they competed throughout the game. I was really proud of our whole team and thought defensively it was one of our best performances of the season. This is a very good win and a step forward."
Maryland has the midweek off before traveling to No. 8 Virginia to cap the ACC regular season Friday.