Terps fall to Virginia on kicks in ACC final

Cavaliers make up for '02 on 9th round of tiebreaker

College Soccer

November 17, 2003|By Scott Clipp | Scott Clipp,SUN STAFF

CARY, N.C. - With a 7-6 edge in penalty kicks, Virginia dethroned Maryland for the Atlantic Coast Conference soccer tournament championship yesterday.

Ryan Burke, the Cavaliers' freshman goalkeeper and the tournament's Most Valuable Player, made three saves in the shootout to lead Virginia (9-9-2) past the Terps (17-2-1) in the ninth round of kicks.

"It's been a long time coming," said Virginia coach George Gelnovatch, who lost to the Terps, 3-0, in last season's ACC tournament final.

"It ranks among the most satisfying wins that I have been a part of in my coaching career."

The Terps and Cavaliers played to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes.

Maryland struck first in the 46th minute on a penalty kick from senior midfielder A.J. Herrera. The kick came after Cavalier freshman Will Hall was whistled for a hand ball inside the penalty area.

Then, the Cavaliers increased their offensive pressure. Virginia's goal came on its first shot. Terps junior defender Clarence Goodson mis-hit an attempted clear and Cavaliers forward John Hartman ripped a hard shot through traffic to tie the game.

"I felt like we had control of the game," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Then, uncharacteristically, we fell apart a little bit. I think we let down our guard."

The Terrapins played a man down for the final 33 minutes after sophomore defender Kenney Bertz was issued a red card in the 77th minute.

"[Bertz] is a very important player for us," Cirovski said. "It made our midfielders and forwards work harder. It was a huge factor."

Maryland still engineered several scoring chances without Bertz.

The Terps almost captured the championship in the first overtime when Abe Thompson sent a low shot to the right corner on which Burke had to make a diving save.

Maryland had several opportunities in the first half but was unable to convert.

With 18 minutes remaining in the half, Terps forward Domenic Mediate sent a through ball to sophomore forward Jason Garey, who had an open look at the goal but pushed the shot wide.

Five Terps were named to the All-Tournament team: Goodson, Garey, senior midfielder Sumed Ibrahim, senior defender Seth Stammler and senior midfielder Scott Buete.

Goals: M-Herrera; V-Hartman. Saves: M-Palmer 2; V-Burke 5. Half: 0-0.

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