Sept. 27, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No.1 Maryland men's soccer team recorded the 500th win in program history with a hard-fought 1-0 win over No. 16 Wake Forest in front of 3,467 fans Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
"It was a great night to get the 500th victory," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was a great crowd, it was a great opponent and it was a great goal by Sumed.
"Wake is a deep team, and I thought they played a great game" Cirovski continued. "They gave us fits in the midfield and possessed the ball well. I'm really proud of our team's competitive maturity--we looked composed and we never panicked in the face of their pressure."
Sumed Ibrahim scored the game-winner at 27:28 when Ian Rodway skipped a pass to him from the middle of the field to the left corner of the box. Sumed got the shot past Wake keeper William Hesmer from a tough angle on the left side of the box. It was Sumed's third goal in two games.
The Terps were able to make that lead stand up by some great play by keeper Noah Palmer. Palmer got his foot on Stephen Keel's shot in the 20th minute to quell a Wake run at the goal and made two point-blank saves in the 80th minute of action to help preserve the victory.
Palmer, who had not had to make more than three saves in any game this season, stopped seven Demon Deacon shots on his way to his sixth shutout this season. Despite Maryland holding the 11-9 advantage in total shots, the Demon Deacons were able to put seven shots on goal.
"I told Noah before the game that we were going to need him to make some great saves tonight," Cirovski said. "He really played a great game and was a big reason why we came away with the win."
"I saw more action tonight than I usually do," Palmer admitted after the game. "I just tried to do what I needed to do to win the game. Things kind of got hectic near the end of the game, but we were able to stay composed and come out on top."
With the win, the Terps move to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. Wake Forest falls to 4-3 and 0-2 in conference action.
Top-ranked Maryland will be back in action at North Carolina on Sunday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
1 2 F #16 Wake Forest (4-3, 0-2) 0 0 0 #1 Maryland (7-0, 2-0) 1 0 1Scoring: MD-Sumed (Rodway) 27:28
Shots: MD-8+3=11; WF-5+4=9
Corners: MD-2+1=3; WF-1+2=3
Saves: MD-4+3=7; WF-1+2=3
Fouls: MD-7+3=10; WF-7+5=12
Goalkeeping: MD-Palmer (0GA, 7SV, 90:00); WF-Hesmer (1GA, 3SV, 90:00)