The Maryland men's soccer team is undefeated this year when senior forward Jason Garey scores a goal. That streak continued last night when the sixth-ranked Terrapins defeated No. 2 Virginia, 3-0, before 2,657 at Ludwig Field in College Park.
By the time Garey scored in the 86th minute last night, however, the game had been decided by the defense. Seniors Kenney Bertz and Michael Dello-Russo held Virginia's high-scoring forward tandem of freshman Yannick Reyering and sophomore Adam Cristman in check throughout the game.
Reyering, a 21-year-old from Germany, entered with 10 goals in 11 games. He is closing in on the school record for goals by a freshman; Virginia Coach George Gelnovatch and D.C. United's Alecko Eskandarian each had 16 as freshmen. Cristman entered with seven goals. Combined, they had 17 of 26 goals for Virginia (10-2-2, 5-1 ACC), which had its seven-game unbeaten streak stopped.
Reyering had three shots last night -- a free kick that was blocked, a 35-yard shot that grazed the crossbar and a close header that went inches high. Cristman had no shots and a yellow card before being replaced in the 60th minute.
"They're not too bad," Bertz said. "They're tall and they play a lot of balls in the air into them. I thought we contained them really well."
The Terrapins (11-3, 5-1), who have won six straight, had the better of the first half and scored the opening goal in the 44th minute. Sophomore Maurice Edu played a low crossing pass to freshman Robbie Rogers, who lofted an eight-yard shot over junior goalkeeper Ryan Burke.
The goal culminated a first half that Maryland dominated. Garey, Maryland's all-time leading goal scorer, nearly had a one-on-one with Burke on four occasions, only for a defender to thwart him with a last-ditch effort each time.
The Terrapins extended the lead to 2-0 on Stephen King's goal in the 64th minute. The final goal was a header by Garey off a corner kick from defender Chris Lancos. Overall, Maryland is 10-0 when Garey scores.
"It was an attractive game," Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I thought we were rewarded for the chances we created."
The Virginia-Maryland rivalry is one of the best in college soccer. The teams are the highest ranked of the seven ACC schools among the top 17 in the Soccer America poll.
-- Christian Swezey