Terps oust Loyola from NCAAs

After 2 overtimes, Maryland men top Greyhounds in penalty kicks to advance to 3rd round

Maryland 0 (4) Loyola 0 (2)

College soccer

November 29, 2007|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has appeared in 13 of the past 15 NCAA men's soccer tournaments, and the Terps' plan against Loyola was to use their experience and pressure Greyhounds defenders into making costly mistakes.

Loyola, which was playing in its first NCAA tournament since 2002, matched the host Terrapins' intensity and held Maryland scoreless for 110 minutes in last night's second-round tournament game before an announced 1,874. The Terps, though, beat the Greyhounds, 4-2, in penalty kicks to advance to the third round of the tournament for the sixth straight year.

"It feels great to advance," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I feel like it was an extremely well-played game. In previous years, we have had some contentious games with Loyola. Today, I thought the class that both teams showed was exemplary."

After the teams failed to score in 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, the game had to be decided on the best-of-five penalty kicks.

Maryland (10-5-5) switched goalies for the shootout, opting for freshman Thorne Holder over Will Swaim (Howard).

Cirovski said he picked Holder to play in the shootout because of how well he stopped penalty shots in practice. Holder said he was told after Tuesday's training session that he would take over in goal if the game went to a shootout.

"In training, I have not been playing, but I have been ready," Holder said "Everybody on the bench has to be ready for the opportunity to come on. This was my opportunity and I was ready for that."

The strategy worked as Holder saved shots by Camilo Correa and Julian Cantillo to get the victory.

Spencer Allen, Stephen King, Omar Gonzalez and Jeremy Hall scored for Maryland. Tennant McVea and Jamie Darvill scored for the Greyhounds (19-3-1).

The game was a rematch of the 2001 NCAA second-round tournament game that Loyola won, 1-0, in double overtime.

"It's a new experience for me to lose on penalty kicks like that," Loyola coach Mark Mettrick said. "It's very hard to get to this point and you feel very helpless as a coach. It's a roll of the dice and that makes it difficult. It is a difficult way to lose."

The Greyhounds locked down Maryland's attack throughout the game by using as many as seven players inside their penalty area to clear away crosses by Maryland's outside midfielders.

While neither team scored, Maryland had more opportunities. The Terps outshot the Greyhounds, 18-5, and did not allow a corner kick.

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