Terps open in NCAAs with 2-1 win

Garey, Goodson get goals against Old Dominion

College Soccer

November 27, 2003|By Mike Keegan | Mike Keegan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the 10 days between Maryland's tough, shootout loss to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference final and its first game of the NCAA tournament, coach Sasho Cirovski wanted his players to relax and hopefully regain the confidence they showed earlier in the season.

The time off appears to have served the Terps well. Maryland attacked aggressively and smothered Old Dominion's forward lines on its way to a dominating, 2-1 win in front of 2,114 in an NCAA second-round game last night at Ludwig Field.

"They have a lot of weapons, a lot of different guys that can hurt you," ODU coach Alan Dawson said.

Maryland will host Akron, a 3-2 winner over Rutgers yesterday, at 1 p.m. Sunday in the 16-team third round.

The second-ranked Terrapins (18-2-1) struck first 30 minutes into the game when sophomore forward Jason Garey finished a fluid series of passes with a strike past Monarchs goalie Samuel Cameron. Forward Abe Thompson slipped a pass through to midfielder Sumed Ibrahim at the top of the box, and Ibrahim found Garey open to his right.

"I thought [Ibrahim] was going to shoot," Garey said. "I was yelling at him. We had taken a lot of long shots, but we needed that final pass to slip someone through right on the goalie. I saw the goalie cheating to the near post, so I shot it at the far post."

After taking the 1-0 lead into halftime, Maryland got its insurance goal on a free kick with just under 15 minutes to play. Monarchs midfielder Ado Fazlic tripped Maryland's Nino Marcantonio - Fazlic got a yellow card for the hard foul - near the left sideline 35 yards from the Old Dominion goal.

Marcantonio struck a perfect cross and defender Clarence Goodson volleyed it in for a 2-0 lead.

Old Dominion produced a few scoring opportunities but couldn't crack Maryland's defense until just one second remained when a long, deflected shot slipped past Terrapins goalie Noah Palmer.

For Thompson, it was his third game back after missing eight games with plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition. Thompson looked strong in the first half, but sat out the second, saying his foot "was pretty sore at halftime."

The only other negative for Maryland came midway through the first half when forward Domenic Mediate - who scored four of Maryland's five goals in the 2002 NCAA tournament - leaped for a header in front of the Monarchs' goal and came down hard on his left shoulder.

The trainers initially called it a "bruised shoulder," but Mediate was taken for X-rays.

The Terrapins dominated the first half, outshooting Old Dominion 15-4. Maryland could have taken the lead just over 15 minutes into the game after Thompson earned a penalty kick when Monarchs defender Josh Hill tripped him in the box. But Cameron anticipated Thompson's shot and made a beautiful diving save.

Goals: M-Garey, Goodson; ODU-Sniegoski. Assists: M-Ibrahim, Thompson, Marcantonio. Shots: M-26; ODU-14. Saves: M-Palmer 5; ODU-Cameron 6. Half: M, 1-0.

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