`Humbled' Terps all business in 4-0 rout of Connecticut

Garey's 2 goals highlight second win since UNC loss

College Soccer

October 13, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK-With its aura of invincibility now broken, the Maryland men's soccer team is getting back to the business of winning.

Exactly one week after absorbing their first loss of the season and losing their No. 1 national ranking, the Terrapins yesterday delivered the message that they are still to be reckoned with, routing a young Connecticut team, 4-0, before 2,373 sun-splashed fans at Ludwig Field.

"This team didn't deal with the loss well immediately after the game," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski about the 1-0 defeat at North Carolina Oct. 5.

"But it took the pressure of an undefeated season out of their thinking. We've been better since that breakdown. The team is back to doing the simple things well. That loss gave them a dose of humility."

Maryland (11-1) had won nine straight to start the season and had held the nation's top ranking since a 1-0 victory over the previous No. 1 team, UCLA, Sept. 5.

"I think the loss woke us up," said sophomore forward Jason Garey, who scored two goals yesterday for the first time in his Maryland career, giving the Terps leads of 2-0 and 3-0.

"We always feel we can score and we couldn't. That humbled us a little bit."

Yesterday, even with co-leading scorer Abe Thompson out with a hamstring injury and defender Clarence Goodson out of the lineup after accumulating five yellow cards, Maryland probably played its best game since a 4-0 romp over Loyola Sept. 10.

Connecticut, normally a factor in the national picture, couldn't offer much resistance, having lost eight players - including All-American Shavar Thomas - from the team that reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season.

The Huskies managed just one first-half shot, Maryland goalkeeper Noah Palmer had to make just one save before sitting down after 72 minutes, and the Terps were never in danger after Nino Marcantonio's penalty kick broke a scoreless tie at 29:11.

Sophomore forward Erwin Diaz scored his first goal of the season on a 25-yard beauty to finish the scoring in the 73rd minute.

"It was a relief," said Diaz. `This was a wonderful game because if Abe is unable to help, we have players just as good who can score. We did everything the way we're supposed to for 90 minutes."

Maryland, now ranked No. 2, has won 21 straight home games and is 8-0 this year against unranked opponents. Connecticut (5-5-2) has never won at Ludwig.

Connecticut 0 0 - 0

Maryland 1 3 - 4

Goals: M-Garey 2, Marcantonio, Diaz. Assists: M-Buete, Mediate. Saves: M-Palmer 1; C-Schuerman 4.

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