Mediate answers call as Terps nip Heels, 1-0

Midfielder scores in 75th, giving UM men 2nd in row

College Soccer

October 11, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland midfielder Domenic Mediate says that with poised play, it only takes a little space to do a lot with a soccer ball.

With the Terrapins offense persistent but frustrated in a scoreless game well into the second half yesterday against visiting North Carolina, the senior provided proof of just that while giving coach Sasho Cirovski the precise finish he was looking for all afternoon at Ludwig Field.

Decisive in getting by a defender and then taking a direct path to goal from the right side, Mediate saw the far post available and neatly placed a shot there from 12 yards to give Maryland a 1-0 win over the Tar Heels.

The goal, scored in the 75th minute, couldn't have come at a better time for the Terps (7-3-1), who got their first Atlantic Coast Conference win after an 0-2-1 start in league play. North Carolina (3-6-2) stumbled to 1-2-1 in the conference.

"I think our team in the ACC was still a little bit cautious because we've gotten stung a couple times," Cirovski said.

"At halftime, I challenged them to play without any caution - disciplined, but not cautious. As soon as we scored, I looked at the coaches and said that's exactly what we were talking about. That was the first time a player demanded the ball very clearly. It was a crisp pass [from defender Kenney Bertz] to him, and Domenic made an emphatic run through the defense with a good, low shot to the far post."

After coming out fast with 29 goals in a 5-0 start and then hitting a 0-3-1 dry spell, the Terps have regrouped with two straight wins. The Terps will next take on Penn State, ranked ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, on Thursday at Ludwig Field.

Yesterday, the Terps had decisive edges in shots (14-9) and corner kicks (12-3) and finally got their reward from Mediate. His goal came moments after a Maryland goal was disallowed on an offside call. The defense, steady against the Tar Heels' counterattacks and quick forwards, protected the lead.

"We were coming into the game 0-2-1 in the ACC, so this was a big game to keep us in it," said Mediate, who now has three goals to go with seven assists on the season. "People were kind of starting to think we weren't the Maryland team anymore, but I think we came out here, played strong and earned back some respect."

NOTE: With three saves, Maryland goalkeeper Noah Palmer recorded his 26th career shutout to move one behind Dom Macino's program mark of 27.

North Carolina 0 0 - 0

Maryland 0 1 - 1

Goal: M-Mediate. Assist: M-Bertz. Saves: NC-Williams 4; M-Palmer 3.

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