Dec. 13, 2002
DALLAS, Texas - The University of Maryland's season came to a close on Friday night in Dallas, Texas, when the Terps suffered a 2-1 loss to UCLA in the national semifinal game. Maryland finishes the season with a school-record 20 wins against four losses. The Bruins (17-3-3) will take on the winner of Friday night's Creighton-Stanford match in Sunday's title game.
No. 3 seed UCLA, started the scoring in the 74th minute, when forward Matt Taylor got free down the left side of the field, and finished a cross from Adolfo Gregorio. Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski was ejected with a red card moments after the goal, but the Terps came back to tie the game less than five minutes later.
No. 2 seed Maryland knotted it at one goal each in the 80th minute on a beautiful shot that first team NSCAA All-American Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) split two defenders with and fitted into the top-left corner. The goal was the first for Sumed since the North Carolina game on Oct. 5.
The gamewinner for UCLA was a Gregorio penalty kick awarded after forward Cliff McKinley got tied up in the box by Maryland goalkeeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) with 8:01 remaining to play.
For the Terps, who have no seniors, it was their second College Cup semifinal in five years.