Terps men defeat N.C. State, 2-1, face UVa. again in ACC title game

November 15, 2003|By Scott Clipp | Scott Clipp,SUN STAFF

CARY, N.C. -- Maryland's men's soccer team reached the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament's final for the second straight season, eliminating North Carolina State last night at SAS Stadium, 2-1.

Forward Jason Garey scored in the 37th minute and forward Dominic Mediate scored in the 72nd as the defending conference champion Terps (17-2 and the ACC's regular-season champ) controlled play in a game more one-sided than the score would indicate. Two Terps shots bounced off the crossbar.

The Wolfpack (9-8-2) avoided being shut out on midfielder Frederico Peria's penalty kick in the 81st minute but left the field having been outshot by Maryland 27-5. The Terps held the Wolfpack to just one shot on goal in the first half.

Maryland will face Virginia, a 1-0 winner last night over Wake Forest on an eighth-minute own goal, for the championship at 1 p.m. tomorrow . The Terps beat the Cavaliers, 3-0, in last season's ACC final.

"I really felt like we dominated the game and pretty much controlled what we wanted to do," said Terps coach Sasho Cirovski, the ACC Coach of the Year.

The win was Maryland's second over N.C. State this season. The Terps prevailed, 1-0, on Sept. 14 while holding the Wolfpack to one shot on goal in the entire game.

Yesterday, Garey stole a defender's back-pass and put Maryland up 1-0. Mediate's goal was a put-back of a save by goalkeeper Jorge Gonzalez of a shot by A.J. Herrera.

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