Nov. 7, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore sensation Jason Garey (Gonzalez, La.) scored his team-leading eighth and ninth goals to spark Maryland past Ohio State 3-0 in their regular season finale behind 2,268 on Senior Night at Ludwig Field.
The Terps, who head into next week's ACC Tournament as the top seed, finish their season at 16-2 -- the best regular season record in Maryland history -- while Ohio State completes their regular season at 4-11-4.
"I thought the men responded very well," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We put a lot of pressure on [Ohio State] on both sides of the ball."
Most of the early first-half action was played in the middle-third of the field, until Garey redirected a through ball from senior Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) past Buckeye keeper Raymond Burse, Jr., just more than 20 minutes into the game. Fellow senior Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) was also credited with an assist on the opening goal.
Burse Jr., kept the visitors within one, making a good save on Garey's breakaway chance with 12:30 remaining in the opening stanza and another diving save on Buete six minutes into the second half. The Terps hit the iron twice in the second half -- Garey's 57th minute header deflected off the right post and Domenic Mediate's (Southlake, Texas) laser pinged off the crossbar with 28 minutes left.
Garey would double Maryland's lead in the 64th minute with a blast from 15 yards that flew past an outstretched Burse, Jr. Sumed would cap the scoring with his seventh goal of the season on a beautiful sliding deflection under Burse Jr. at 78:15.
Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) only had to make one save to pick up his 15th win of the season as the Terps outshot the Buckeyes 20-5. Craig Salvati (West Chester, Ohio) came on in relief and also made one save.
The Maryland faithful expressed their appreciation of the senior class with a "Thank you seniors" chant with three minutes to play in the game. Seven seniors -- Sumed, Buete, A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.), Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio), Nino Marcantonio (Bethesda, Md.), Bryan Vitagliano (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Siba Mohammed (Tamale, Ghana) -- were honored for their contributions to the Maryland soccer program in a pre-game ceremony.
As the top seed in the conference tournament, Maryland receives a first-round bye and will face either fourth-seeded North Carolina or fifth-seeded NC State in the semifinals Friday at 5:30 p.m.