Sept. 24, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After falling behind for the first time all season, the No.1 Maryland men's soccer team exploded for five goals in the second half to get past George Mason, 5-1, Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Patriots (4-3-1) got on the board first as Karim Manneh emerged from a crowd in front of the net and got his foot on a ball that squirted through the Terrapin defense and into the net at 6:56 in the contest.
The deficit marked the first time in nearly 637 minutes this season that Maryland had trailed. George Mason was able to take contain the Maryland offense and went to the break with the 1-0 lead.
"We were playing too many long balls and did not have enough possession in the first half," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The guys didn't like being down very much, and we knew we could play better."
The Terps (8-0) wasted no time taking control of the game in the second half scoring twice in the first minute and a half of action. Sumed Ibrahim scored his first goal of the season after Kenney Bertz won a ball in front of the net and slid it to Sumed who found the corner of the net at the 46-minute mark.
Just :29 later, Domenic Mediate played a ball to Abe Thompson who touched it ahead to Jason Garey. Garey, working on the touch line, made a great individual effort on the left wing to beat the George Mason defender and put the ball in the net.
The Terrapins continued to pour it on in the game's final minutes, scoring three times in less than three minutes. Senior Scott Buete got his first goal of the season after taking a feed from Garey in the middle of the box at the 85-minute mark. At 86:27, Nino Marcantonio's cross found the head of Domenic Mediate who finished for the goal. Sumed closed out the Terrapin scoring with another goal off assists from Marcantonio and Jason Arnold.
"Tonight was a different kind of challenge for us, one we haven't faced this season," Cirovski said. We know that championship teams respond to these kinds of challenges, and that's what we did tonight. This team showed its competitive grit tonight-they're just a competitive group.
"George Mason is a good team, and the score doesn't accurately reflect how close this game was."
Cirovski also had praise for the 1,000 fans that came out on Wednesday night.
"I think the crowd really helped to lift our spirits. Hearing them cheer for us as we took the field in the second half really put some pep in our step," he said.
"I felt really good tonight, better than I've felt in a long time," Sumed said following his two-goal, four-point peformance. The senior, who has been nursing a sore foot, said, "I was just trying to do what I can, and get the team going."
Garey and Mediate finished the contest with three points (one goal, one assist) each. Marcantonio added two assists for two points and Buete's goal gave him two points on the night.
Maryland will attempt to win its 500th game in program history on Saturday, Sept. 27, in a home ACC battle against No.15 Wake Forest. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.