Nov. 11, 2009
CARY, N.C. - The fourth-seeded Maryland men's soccer team fell to No. 5 seed Virginia, 1-0, in horrific weather conditions Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2009 ACC Men's Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Tony Tchani broke loose from the backline in the 87th minute and connected on an open-field scoring opportunity to knock the defending champion Terrapins from the tournament.
Heavy, constant rain and winds plagued the area for nearly 20 hours prior to kickoff and continued during the match, which was delayed until 3 p.m.
Jason Herrick, who led all players with five shots, tallied the first shot of the game in the 11th minute which bustled through a pair of Cavalier defenders on the ground but landed right at keeper Diego Restrepo.
Virginia nearly got on the board with the first half winding down at 41:08 but a shot by Will Bates was blocked in the box and the rebound attempt by Tchani was saved at the goal line by the Maryland backline.
Maryland went a man up in the 63rd minute when Ross LaBauex picked up his second yellow card of the match, resulting in a red card and immediate ejection from the contest.
Herrick nearly allowed Maryland to take the lead at 81:40 when the Terrapin attack brought Restrepo out of the box. The junior captain, who was named an All-ACC first team selection Tuesday, lobbed a ball over Restrepo's head but the shot went high of the goal and the game remained tied.
Tchani's breakaway goal with three minutes remaining ended a streak of 197 scoreless minutes between the two rivals, which battled to a 0-0 tie in College Park 12 days ago on Halloween night.
"I am disappointed in the result...with the conditions, it was going to be an opportunistic goal to win it and we had an opportunity to put the pressure on them when they went a man down," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Today we lacked the quality to deal with the conditions and make a play that really mattered.
"Our guys put in a good effort. They had one player step up and make a play and that was the difference. It's as simple as that."
Maryland now shifts its energy to preparing for what will likely be the program's 29th NCAA tournament appearance. The 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16.