Nov. 10, 2004
CARY, N.C. - Maryland benefited from goals from Abe Thompson and Jason Garey and the defense shut out its fourth straight opponent as the Terrapins defeated Clemson, 2-0, Wednesday night in the ACC Quarterfinals. The Terps, winners of seven straight, will face the winner of NC State and North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals on Friday night at 8 p.m.
"I thought we played very well today - and we had to," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We expected a great effort from Clemson, and that's what we got. Noah made some great saves and we made some plays to put pressure on them. I think it was an entertaining game, an attractive game with two teams committed to attacking."
Abe Thompson put Maryland on top early in the game on a penalty kick in the 16th minute. Clemson's Stuart Holden went through Stephen King for a ball and was whistled for the foul at the top of the box. Thompson's score gave him 110 points in his career, passing Eberhard Klein (109 points, 1962-64) as the all-time leader at Maryland.
On the ensuing kickoff, Holden made a nice run at the Maryland goal, but his shot was saved by Noah Palmer. Palmer recorded five saves in the first half to help preserve Maryland's 1-0 lead into the second half.
Garey stretched the lead to 2-0 after playing a through ball from King. Garey beat his defender in a one-on-one situation and fired the shot past Clemson keeper Phil Marfuggi for the score.
"Coming into the second half we talked about getting a score early because we knew that they were going to pressure us," Cirovski said. "Getting that goal in the first five minutes in the second half was a back-breaker."
Garey's goal was his 17th of the season, the most since Shane Dougherty scored 17 in 1994. His 43 points are the most since Rocco Morelli in 1968.
The Terp back line of Chris Lancos, Kenney Bertz, Michael Dello-Russo, David Glaudemans and midfielder Ian Rodway shut down the Clemson attack, not allowing the Tigers any clear looks at goal. Palmer finished the game with seven saves, his most on the season. The Terps have not allowed a goal since October 23 against Virginia Commonwealth.
"They did get some chances in the first half, but we did make some adjustments - we put more players behind the ball and we had better communication," Palmer said.
"Noah is playing as well as any keeper in the country, and our back line played very well," Cirovski added.
"I think I just made a couple of saves I needed to make," Palmer said. "It wasn't anything special, it's just something I'm expected to do."
With the win, Maryland moved to 14-4-1, while Clemson finished the season with an 8-9-1 mark.
#7 Clemson (8-9-1) 0 0 0 #2 Maryland (14-4-1) 1 1 2 Scoring: MD-Thompson (penalty kick) 15:49; MD-Garey (King) 49:57 Shots: MD-10+10=20; CU-8+6=4 Saves: MD-5+2=7; CU-1+2=3 Corners: MD-5+1=6; CU-2+2=4 Fouls: 8+7=15; CU-7+8=15