COLLEGE PARK - It took only 1:32 for Maryland's men's soccer team to make Sunday's offensive goose egg as distant as the field where it was laid.
Senior forward Jason Garey converted on that chance early, and the No. 14-ranked Terps tacked on two more first-half goals to run away from No. 4 Santa Clara, 3-1, in front of 2,827 at Ludwig Field.
At the start of the week, the Terps fell at UCLA, then ranked No. 9, and didn't register a shot on net.
But in yesterday's home opener, the Terps got some redemption against another highly ranked California team.
Garey, a Gonzales, La., native who had trouble keeping his mind off Hurricane Katrina's effect on his hometown during the past weeks, had two breakaway goals.
"It was good to get that weight off your shoulders," Garey said. "We played really well that first half. We really took it to them."
Santa Clara defender Jide Ogunbiyi whiffed on a long pass from Terps senior forward Marc Burch, leaving Garey alone with the keeper. He calmly buried the shot in the lower left corner to put the Terps ahead less than two minutes into the game.
Senior defender Michael Dello-Russo put his head on a Terrapin free kick for the Terps' second goal with 21:21 remaining in the first half.
The Terps thought they had a third goal, this time from sophomore midfielder Stephen King, but an offside call wiped it off the board.
But King collected the restart kick and fed Garey with another long pass up the middle of the field. Santa Clara's goalie once again charged from the goal line, and Garey again slipped a shot just inside the left post.
Senior Craig Salvati, who was yanked from the UCLA game at halftime, made five saves yesterday, including three stops on what looked to be sure Santa Clara goals.
"This was a great response," Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Sunday's game wasn't an indication of our team. The guys took it very hard. ... This is more the type of team I thought we would be."