Replaced Venditti returns, lifts Terps Goal 5: 25 into overtime dumps No. 2 Duke, 3-2

September 28, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK -- Asked about his lack of playing time yesterday, Maryland forward Pierre Venditti vented his displeasure. But more importantly for the Terrapins, Venditti backed up his opinion on the field.

After being pulled from the starting lineup, Venditti came off the bench late to make an immediate impact, scoring the game-winner 5: 25 into overtime as No. 19 Maryland upended No. 2 Duke, 3-2, before 2,157 at Ludwig Field.

The Terps (6-2, 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 2-0 second-half deficit for their seventh straight home victory. "I know it's a message," said Venditti, a senior, who has scored 18 career goals, including five game-winners. "I'm a goal scorer. I know I haven't shown that to a high degree. But when it counts, I think I should be in the mix. I've proved it in the past and I proved it today."

Venditti, who made a brief appearance in the first half, didn't resurface until the Terps tied the game at 2 with 13: 49 remaining in the game. But after getting back in, Venditti took advantage.

Crashing the goal on a full sprint, Venditti volleyed a hard, foot-high crossing pass from six yards out to lift Maryland to its fourth win in a row.

Midfielder Keith Beach began the play with a quick restart that exploited a flat-footed Duke defense, sending a pass along the left flank to Jason Sardis, who centered the ball to Venditti on the far post. With the assist, Beach broke the 34-year-old school career record of 25 set by Eberhard Klein.

"What they do is turn their heads and go back to try to organize," Beach said. "We caught them a little bit out there."

Duke (8-1, 2-1), which was outshot 15-11, made the most of its few chances early. Troy Garner put the Blue Devils ahead, 2-0, with 25: 44 left in regulation by beating Maryland freshman goalkeeper Christian Lewis with two mid-range shots from the left wing.

The Terps then cracked a Duke defense, which had only allowed two goals in its previous 787 1/2 minutes, by scoring three times in 30 minutes. Jason Cropley opened the scoring on a wide-openm 20-yard shot and freshman Taylor Twellman one-timed a crossing pass in front of the goal to tie it.

That set the stage for Venditti.

"It's a very helpful competition," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Pierre kept his composure and I knew that at some point he would get his chance. It just happened to be late."

Pub Date: 9/28/98

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