Terps 3-0 lead melts to tie

No. 5 Indiana gets equalizer with 5 seconds left to match third-ranked Maryland, 3-3

College Soccer

October 31, 2005|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- While Ludwig Field has been a virtual house of horrors for most opposing teams, No.5 Indiana marched in and didnt flinch, scoring three second-half goals to salvage a 3-3 tie last night.

Jason Garey scored two first-half goals, including one on a spectacular bicycle kick, but the No.3 Terps could not hold the early lead and gave up the tying goal with five seconds left in front of 6,203 spectators the largest crowd to ever watch a mens soccer game in College Park.

The Terps (13-3-1) finish the regular season undefeated in 10 homes games and outscored their opponents 30-6 in College Park.

The Terps defense smothered Indianas potent attack for much of the game before allowing two goals in less than two minutes midway through the second half. The Hoosiers controlled the final 15 minutes of the game, and found the equalizer just before time expired when Greg Stevning headed in a corner from freshman Lee Nguyen, stunning the Maryland crowd.

Both teams played an attacking style in both overtime periods, and Nguyen just missed the winner with 25 seconds left sending a close-range shot over the goal.

Garey opened the scoring for Maryland almost seven minutes into the game when he took a pass from Chris Lancos with his back to the goal and kicked the ball over his head past Indiana goalie Chris Munroe. Garey scored again with 15 minutes left in the first half by deftly knocking in a pass from Spencer Allen from 8 yards away.

Garey has 18 goals this year and he might have further staked his claim for Missouri Athletic Clubcm EQs Hermann Trophy, which goes to college soccers national player of the year.

Stephen King increased Marylands lead to 3-0 after knocking in a loose ball in the penalty area off a throw-in from Kenney Bertz with six minutes left in the fist half.

However, Indiana (10-1-6), the two-time defending champion, got on the board with 16:37 left in the game when Jacob Peterson knocked in a pass from Nguyen inside the penalty area.

The Hoosiers got their second score on an own goal.

The Terps, who are 8-1-1 against ranked teams this season, will play their final regular-season on the road against Virginia Tech on Friday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament begins Nov. 8 in Cary, N.C.

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