Terps take 2nd hit with Thompson injury

Forward may join Mediate as missing for Akron game

College Soccer

November 30, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Talented junior attacker Domenic Mediate is already out with a broken collarbone.

And now junior forward Abe Thompson could be joining him on the sideline today with a foot injury.

The injuries couldn't have come at a worse time for second-seeded Maryland (18-2-1), which continues its bid for a return trip to NCAA soccer's final four when it meets 15th-seeded Akron (15-4-2) in a round-of-16 game today at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field in College Park.

"This is just a major challenge we have to overcome," said Terps coach Sasho Cirovski yesterday after a tuneup for the Zips. "Champions are made in these kind of games."

Cirovski said Thompson will wait right up to game time before deciding on his playing status.

"Abe is going to let me know then if he can go," Cirovski said of his fourth-leading scorer (four goals, five assists for 13 points), who is second only to leading scorer Jason Gray in game-winning goals.

Thompson has three game-winners to four for Gray, who has 11 goals and three assists for 25 points.

Mediate broke his collarbone midway through the first half of Maryland's 2-1, second-round victory over Old Dominion Wednesday night. He flipped while attempting to kick a high ball in the penalty area and fell hard on his left shoulder.

He is sixth on the team in scoring (four goals, two assists for 10 points), but is remembered most for his performance last season during the Terps' final four run.

Mediate scored four of the team's five goals in the NCAA tournament, finishing the season with 13 goals and five assists.

And what does Maryland have to contend with this afternoon in Akron?

"They're kind of like us," said Cirovski. "They're an attacking team, with a strong defense. They're very explosive. It will be a heck of a game."

Terps today

What: NCAA men's Division I soccer tournament, third round

Matchup: Akron (15-4-2) vs. No. 2 Maryland (18-2-1)

Site: Ludwig Field, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

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