Nov. 26, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - An opportunistic offense and a stone-cold defensive performance propelled No. 2 Maryland into the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 win over Old Dominion in front of 2,114 Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
Jason Garey's (Gonzales, La.) first-half goal on two pretty feeds by Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) lifted the Terps to a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. The goal -- Garey's team-high 11th of the season -- came nearly 16 minutes after Monarch goalie Samuel Cameron made a diving stop on Thompson's penalty kick to keep the game scoreless.
The Terps dominated the flow of the play in the first half, possessing the ball the majority of the time and preventing any Monarch counter-attacks. Maryland held a 15-4 advantage in shots. Thompson, who missed most of the second half of the season due to injury, returned to the starting lineup and created several other opportunities for the Terps to get on the board.
Old Dominion came out in the second half and did a better job creating opportunities. The Monarchs best chance came in the 64th minute when Attila Vendegh had a one-on-one opportunity against Noah Palmer. Palmer, however, thwarted the chance punching the ball away out of play. Palmer finished the match with five saves. Vendegh, ODU's leading scorer, paced the Monarchs with four shots (all on goal).
Maryland, though, seemd always on the offensive and the relentless pressure paid off again with just under 15 minutes remaining as Nino Marcantonio (Bethesda, Md.) found Clarence Goodson (Springfield, Va.) in the right side box off a free kick. Marcantonio served a nice ball to the foot of Goodson and gave Maryland a two-goal cushion as he slipped it past Cameron and the ODU defense.
Old Dominion's lone goal came with one second remaining in regulation as Ryan Sniegoski scored his first goal of the year past Palmer. The goal sneaked through traffic in front of the net and bounced into the lower-right corner of the net.
Maryland will play in the third round of the NCAA Tournament against Akron on Sunday at Ludwig Field at 1 p.m. The ZIps defeated Rutgers, 3-2, Wednesday night.