Oct. 8, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Scott Buete scored the game-winner with just over six minutes left to play in regulation to lift No. 2 Maryland to a 3-2 win over Georgetown Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps improve to 24-0 against their local rival, but had to battle back after squandering a 2-0 lead early in the match.
"We showed a lot of heart, a lot of character and we found a way to win," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I'm very proud of the way our guys responded to a couple of challenges in that game.
"I give Georgetown credit for fighting all the way through. They are a very good team. They have a history of beating some top teams, but I'm glad it wasn't us tonight."
Maryland (10-1) raced out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of identical headers from Sumed Ibrahim. On both goals, Kenney Bertz served the ball perfectly into the box as Sumed was able to beat the Georgetown defenders to a spot eight yards out and put the ball into the net.
The Hoyas (4-6-2) rallied, though, getting onto the scoreboard with a penalty kick at 29:01 by Jeff Curtain. Terp goalkeeper Noah Palmer failed to clear the ball as it deflected off a Georgetown player, who settled the ball and dribbled toward the goal before Palmer dove to knock the ball away but was called for a foul in the box.
Georgetown silenced the 1,158 fans at Ludwig at 83:44 when Jeff Curtain emerged from a crowd by the left post and found Paul Brandley on the right post who tallied the goal. Maryland continued to put pressure on the Hoyas, and it paid off as Sumed found Buete in the middle of the box. Buete, among several Georgetown defenders, fired the shot into the lower left corner beating Hoya keeper Tim Hogan. Abe Thompson was also credited with an assist on the play.
"Scott has a history of scoring big goals," Cirovski said. "He doesn't score that many, but he scores big goals for us. He's a winner and tremendous leader of that team. He sniffed out were that ball was going to be and placed a hard low shot.
"We've created a nice stage here for people to come and perform on and we're getting people's best games," Cirovski said. "Tonight we were controlling the game, they got the penalty kick call and the game changed a little bit. I don't think we gave them a chance in the flow of play--they scored two goals on set pieces--and that's what happens in this game. But our guys kept their composure, battled and rose to the occasion to find a way to win.
Sumed finished the brilliant night with five points (two goals, one assist). Buete registered two points (one goal) while Bertz' two assists gave him two points for the evening. No. 2 Maryland will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. for a non-conference battle with UConn. The game, which features a rematch of the NCAA quarterfinals from a year ago, will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.
1 2 F Georgetown (4-6-2) 0 2 2 #2 Maryland (10-1) 2 1 3 Scoring: MD-Sumed (Bertz, Goodson) 16:42; MD-19:18 (Bertz, Marcantonio);
GU-Curtain (penalty kick) 29:01; GU-Brandley (Curtain) 63:48;
MD-Buete (Sumed, Thompson) Shots: MD-12+7=19 ; GU-2+6=8 Corners: MD-2+2=4; GU-0+1=1 Saves: MD-1+2=3; GU-2+2=4 Fouls: MD-3+6=9; GU-8+5=13 Goalkeeping: MD-Palmer (2GA, 3SV , 90:00); GU-Hogan (3GA, 4SV, 90:00)