Sept. 9, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore sensation Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) scored his first career hat trick to lead the No. 5 Terps over American 5-1. Maryland is now 3-1, while American holds a 2-2 record.
American took a 1-0 advantage off some confusion on the Terrapins' defensive end, with Matt Kopack (Kenvil, N.J.) passing it through the center to Melvin Espinal (Houston, Texas), who headed it past Maryland keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) at 18:01.
Maryland took the 2-1 lead off a perfectly executed set play from a 35-yard free kick. Sumed Ibrahim tapped it to freshman Michael Dello-Russo (Columbia, Md.) who back-heeled it to sophomore defender Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio) for his first goal of the year at 33:11. Stammler's goal would be the eventual game-winner.
Maryland added to its lead in the second half, scoring two goals off similar sequences in the 58th and 59th minute. Sumed Ibrahim got his second goal of the game off a Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) cross from the left side at 58:17. Buete did it again just over a minute later, this time finding redshirt sophomore A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) for the header from the center again to give Maryland the 4-1 lead.
To finish the scoring action off a free kick, Sumed Ibrahim got his first career hat trick when he bended a perfect strike into the left side of the net from the right side of the field for his third goal of the day and a 5-1 Terrapins' win. Maryland's next match will be Sunday, Sept. 16 against the NC State at 2 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The ACC battle will be the first conference contest of the year for the Terps. American's next game is Sept. 15 against Army at 2 p.m.
1 2 F American 1 0 1 No. 5 Maryland 2 3 5
Goals: 18:01- American: Melvin Espinal (Matt Kopack) 20:37- Maryland: Sumed Ibrahim (Wes Kirk) 33:11- Maryland: Seth Stammler (Sumed Ibrahim, Michael Dello-Russo) 58:17- Maryland: Sumed Ibrahim (Scott Buete, Michael Dello-Russo) 59:22- Maryland: A.J. Herrera (Scott Buete, Siba Mohammed) 66:33- Maryland: Sumed Ibrahim (unassisted)
Shots: Maryland 13+5=18, American 4+4=8 Corner Kicks: Maryland 3+0=3, American 3+3=6 Fouls: Maryland 4+7=11, American 10+13=23 Offsides: Maryland 1+1=2, American 0+1=1
Goalkeeping: Maryland: Noah Palmer (90 mins., 3 saves, goals against), American: Michael Behonick (66:33 mins., 7 saves, 5 goals against), Thomas Mayers (23:27 mins., 0 saves, 0 goals against)
Cards: Maryland: None. American: Kris Kuykendall (Yellow 34:39), Kris Bertsch (Yellow 43:19), Head Coach Todd West (Yellow 43:19), Jon Colton (Yellow 66:32), Larry McDonald (Yellow 71:48)
Maryland/FILA Classic Results Virginia def. American 4-2 Creighton def. Maryland 3-2 Virginia def. Creighton 3-2 Maryland def. American 5-1
Maryland/FILA Classic Final Standings Virginia 2-0 7 goals for, 4 goals against Creighton 1-1 5 goals for, 4 goals against Maryland 1-1 6 goals for, 4 goals against American 0-2 3 goals for, 9 goals against
Maryland/FILA Classic All-Tournament Team Kyle Martino, Virginia Alecko Eskandarian, Virginia Ryan Gibbs, Virginia Marshall Leonard, Virginia Mike Tranchilla, Creighton Luiz Del Monte, Creighton Rob Appel, Creighton Beckett Hollenbach, Maryland Sumed Ibrahim, Maryland Melvin Espinal, American Jeff Kinney, American
Offensive MVP: Virginia's Kyle Martino Defensive MVP: Maryland's Beckett Hollenbach