Sept. 30, 2001
College Park, Md.- - The Maryland men's soccer team tied ACC-foe Wake Forest 2-2 Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The Terps are now 3-3-1 (0-1-1 ACC) with Wake Forest sitting at 4-3-1 (0-1-1 ACC).
While Maryland dominated with nine shots to Wake Forest's one in the first half, play was scoreless entering the break. The Terps were able to break it open in the second half off a penalty kick sequence, however. Wake Forest's Aaron Thomas (Downingtown, Pa.) fouled A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the box, resulting in a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Herrera converted to the lower right corner for his fourth goal of the year, and the 1-0 Maryland lead.
The goal sparked Maryland's intensity, and the Terps scored again less than two minutes later. Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) slipped the ball through the midfield to Herrera who found freshman Domenic Mediate (South Lake, Texas). Mediate crossed the shot in front of Wake Forest goalkeeper William Hesmer (Wilson, N.C.) to the lower right corner for a 2-0 Maryland advantage. The goal was the first of Mediate's career.
Wake Forest pressed on despite the two-goal deficit. Persistence paid off when a packed box yielded some confusion on the Terps' defense and a scramble ensued. The Deacon's Kelvin Jones (Fresdericksburg, Va.) tapped it over a Maryland defender to the foot of Scott Sealy (Petit Valley, Trinidad) who rocketed it to the right side of the net past Terrapin keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.). Thomas was also credited with an assist on the play.
Wake Forest scored the equalizer in the 87th minute when the Deacs lined up for a corner kick. Christian Lonteen (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) placed it perfectly to Bobby Gehring (Amsterdam, Netherlands), who scored with 3:17 remaining in regulation.
The best chance for either team in overtime came with 4:33 remaining when Maryland's Ian Rodway (Columbia, Md.) fired a shot from 25 yds. out that bounced off the crossbar and over the net. The tie would stand despite Maryland dominating statistically in the shot category with a 19-8 advantage. Wake Forest accumulated 36 fouls to the Terps' 16. Corner kicks were even at six. The Deacs' Hesmer had four saves and gave up both Terrapin goals. Terrapin keeper Palmer tallied one save and had two goals against.
The Terrapins host Princeton on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Demon Deacons next travel to UNC-Greensboro the same night for a 7:30 p.m. match.
1 2 OT OT F Wake Forest 0 2 0 0 2 Maryland 0 2 0 0 2
Goals: 52:18- Maryland: A.J. Herrera (Penalty Kick) 53:43- Maryland: Domenic Mediate (A.J. Herrera, Sumed Ibrahim) 77:05- Wake Forest: Scott Sealy (Kelvin Jones, Aaron Thomas) 86:43- Wake Forest: Bob Gehring (Christian Lonteen)
Shots: MD 9+5+3+2=19, WFU 1+6+1+0=8
Corner Kicks: MD 3+1+0+2=6, WFU 3+2+1+0=6
Fouls: MD 3+11+0+2=16, WFU 11+11+7+7=36 Offsides: MD 0+1+1+0=2, WFU 0+1+1+0=2 Goalkeeping: Maryland: Noah Palmer (120 mins., 1 save, 2 goals against), Wake Forest: William Hesmer (120 mins., 4 saves, 2 goals against). Cards: Maryland: None.
Wake Forest: Aaron Thomas (Yellow 14:25), Bobby Gehring (Yellow 79:09)