September 2, 1998
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall junior forward Peter Scavo scored on a feed from freshman forward Greg Strohmann 3:46 into the first overtime period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Pirates to a 2-1 upset of fifth-ranked Maryland today on Owen T. Carroll Field. Maryland falls to 0-1.
In an evenly played opening half, Maryland broke through first, as Randy Merkel scored off a corner kick from Steve Armas at the 11:47 mark to take a 1-0 lead. From that point on, Seton Hall created numerous scoring opportunities, registering 10 first-half shots on goal, but was unable to score. On defense, Maryland's Christian Lewis recorded first half saves while Seton Hall's Derek Martin turned away six Maryland shots as the score remained 1-0 at the break.
Just two minutes into the second half, the Pirates capitalized on a scoring opportunity as Scavo drilled a direct kick past Maryland keeper Lewis to knot the score at 1-1. The two teams played a physical match through the rest of regulation, as both teams had scoring opportunities but were unable to convert.
In the first overtime frame, Strohmann took a feed in the midfield and found Scavo on the left side for a 2-on-1 opportunity. Strohmann fed Scavo, who dribbled a few feet and scored from 10 yards outs to end the contest. The win marked Seton Hallis first over the Terrapins. The shots were even in the contest at 17 apiece, while Maryland held a 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
"This was one of my biggest fears coming into the season, that we would have a let down following our European trip. We didn't play with mental toughness that has been the character of this team," said Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We didn't communicate well and we didn't finish plays."
Maryland returns home on Sunday, Sept. 6, hosting American at 2 p.m.