Oct. 23, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 25 Maryland Terrapins defeated their second top 20 opponent in as many games by knocking off No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The Terps got scores from Jason Garey and Domenic Mediate and goalkeeper Noah Palmer made five saves on the afternoon.
Despite being held without a shot in the final 45 minutes of the game and playing a man down for the final 14 minutes, the Terps were able to keep the speedy and talented Ram forwards in check most of the afternoon.
"They're as good an attacking team as we've seen all year, and we've seen three or four terrific teams," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We played great team defense today.
"We saw the results today of a team that's been hardened -- that's gone through a tough schedule. Today we made the plays to win the game."
Maryland (10-4-1) took the early lead just 12 minutes into the game when right back Chris Lancos worked his way up to midfield before sending a long ball to the opposite side of the field to Kevin Reiman. Reiman worked down to the end line before sending a short cross to Jason Garey who was wide open just outside the six and beat Saul Montero in the left side of the net for his 12th goal of the season. The goal was the first against the Rams in four games.
The Terps tacked on another goal just over 20 minutes later as Maryland countered out of the midfield. Garey worked his way into the VCU final third and sent a ball across to Domenic Mediate. Mediate one-timed the ball past Monetero from just inside the top of the box at 33:48. The Terps were able to carry their 2-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, the two teams played even for the first 35 minutes of action, with only five shots being taken during that time. However, a red card was assessed to Michael Dello-Russo after getting his second yellow of the day with 14 minutes left to play, which opened things up offensively for VCU. With Maryland forced to play a man down, the Rams were able to get better runs at the goal.
The Rams (9-4-1) broke through with a goal by Dominic Oduro in the 82nd minute. On the play, Hugh McDonald headed a 50/50 ball out of the air at the top of the box to Oduro. Running down the right side of the box, Oduro controlled the ball and bounced the ball into the goal toward the far post.
VCU continued to press firing three more shots in the final 10 minutes, including one on goal, but was unable to get the equalizing goal.
Garey's three points on the day gives him 33 on the season, moving him into a tie for ninth (with Taylor Twellman) on the all-time list for points in a season. Mediate continued his hot play for the Terps notching his sixth goal in as many games.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, when the Terps play host to Bucknell at 7 p.m. The Bisons snapped Maryland's 23-game home winning streak a season ago.
#16 Virginia Comm (9-4-1) 0 1 1 #25 Maryland (10-4-1) 2 0 2 Scoring: MD-Garey (Lancos, Reiman) 11:58; MD-Mediate (Garey) 33:48; VCU-Oduro (MacDonald) 81:08 Shots: MD-5+0=5; VCU-8+9=17 Saves: MD-2+3=5; VCU-0+0=0 Corners: MD-1+1=2; VCU-2+3=5 Fouls: MD-7+8=15; VCU-8+7=15