Freshmen lead N. Carolina to upset of No. 1 Terps, 1-0

Ashe scores game-winner

Hughes posts 2nd shutout

October 06, 2003|By Scott Clipp | Scott Clipp,SUN STAFF

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Through the first 10 games of the season, North Carolina's men's soccer team has received some key contributions from its freshmen.

The fifth-ranked Tar Heels started five rookies against a veteran Maryland team yesterday, and again, the youngsters came through.

Freshman forward Corey Ashe notched the game-winner in the 69th minute, and freshman goalkeeper Justin Hughes posted his second shutout as North Carolina upended top-ranked Maryland, 1-0, before 3,086 at Fetzer Field.

"It was a big win for us today," said North Carolina coach Elmar Bolowich, whose freshmen had six of the team's 16 goals before yesterday.

"Our team is steady, they work hard and I am very proud of the way they performed. It was key because we started five freshmen. We have confidence in them and they have confidence in themselves."

Ashe took a pass from junior forward Marcus Storey on the right side of the box, then hit a shot with his right foot past diving Maryland goalkeeper Noah Palmer for the 1-0 lead.

"[Ashe] just beat us to it," Palmer said. "We strive for excellence and we can't be happy with any game we don't play our best."

Maryland (9-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was sluggish early, allowing North Carolina (8-1-2, 2-1) several scoring chances in the first half. The best opportunity came on a North Carolina counterattack.

Storey sprinted down the center of the field and played the ball to freshman forward Jamie Watson on the left wing. Watson had a one-on-one chance against Palmer (seven saves), but Palmer charged out to make the save.

Maryland's best chance came in the 78th minute when junior forward Abe Thompson had a free kick from about 20 yards out. His attempt beat Hughes and hooked toward the upper left corner of the net but struck the crossbar and stayed out.

Hughes finished with two saves to record his second shutout of a Top 10 team.

"I was surprised by our general ineffectiveness on defense and in the attack," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Having said that, we didn't play that terrible. We still had some good chances, but in terms of what I expect, they didn't pass the test."

Maryland 0 0 - 0

North Carolina 0 1 - 1

Goal: UNC-Ashe. Assists: UNC-Storey, Watson. Saves: M-Palmer 7; UNC-Hughes 2.

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