Maryland Defeats Hoyas 2-1 With Help From 2 Unusual Scorers
Terrapin Sophomore #5 Doug Rodkey is locked with Hoyas #12 Alex Verdi in the second half at midfield during the Terrapins 2-1 win over the Hoyas at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on October 23, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
The Maryland Men's Soccer Team extended their unbeaten record against the Georgetown Hoyas this evening with a 2-1 win at Ludwig Field in College Park MD.  The series between the Terps and Hoyas now stands at 27-0-0, with Maryland holding all the victories.

The win came from two unlikely sources: Senior midfielder #23 Aki Kadotani and Freshman Defender #3 Sean Flatley. Kadotani's scored for the first time in 2 years, and Flatley's goal was the first of his collegiate career.  Senior Stephen King also tied his record for assists in a single season by helping out the unusual duo.  He now has 8 assists in the 2007 season, tying his career high set during in 2005 when he was a sophomore.

Scoring opportunities were difficult to come by in the early going but it was Maryland who had the advantage.  The Terps took 4 shots in the first 43 minutes of play to the Hoyas 2.
 
 
The Terrapins nearly got on the board in the 29th minute of play when Graham Zusi broke free and juked out some Hoyas defenders around midfield.  He raced up the center of the field until he was just outside the box.  There a Georgetown defender locked legs with Zusi and jostled the ball loose.  In the scuffle the ball ended up  passed to Stephen King who blasted a shot that missed to the left.

Flatley cut his teeth as a Terrapin scorer in the 44th minute of play on a corner kick inbounded by Graham Zusi.  Flatley was positioned square in the center of the box while Zusi delivered the ball to King. King put the ball in the air and Flatley got a head on it. Flatley placed the ball just below the crossbar and Georgetown keeper Joe Devine leapt but couldn't get a hand on it.

Flatley's first goal as a Terrapin lifted the Terps as they went into halftime up 1-0.

Maryland's 2nd goal of the evening came 10 minutes into the second half as a result of an interesting position change made by Maryland Head Coach Sasho Cirovski.  Cirovski placed defender Aki Kadotani as a forward, and the move paid off. 

Senior Stephen King worked with a Hoyas defender on the left hand side and was headed for out of bounds when he made a centering pass that found the middle of the box.  The ball jostled around amongst some Hoyas defenders attempting to clear and eventually found  Kadtoni's leaping kick powered the ball back to the net and there was nothing keeper Devine could do to block it.

Up 2-0 with 35 minutes left in regulation the Terps kept the pressure on and the Hoyas kept the game close.  With 26 minutes left in the game a corner kick from the Hoyas resulted in a blast from a few yards out.  Maryland keeper Will Swails came up with a huge save and preserved the 2-0 lead.

Georgetown's offensive persistence paid off for them in the 66th minute of regulation when Bellomy beat the Maryland defenders at midfield and headed up the left hand side of the field.  He fired the ball towards the center and found Diggs.  Diggs dribbled with the ball but was double teamed by Maryland.  He dished it back to Bellomy who took a shot and scored making it 2-1.

The game stood at 2-1 until the end of regulation, and the Terps notched their 27th win against regional rival Georgetown.

The Terps are back in action on Friday evening when they take on ACC challenger NC State at 8pm at Ludwig Field in College Park MD.