Nov. 4, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - An injury-plagued Maryland men's soccer team lost a 3-0 decision to No. 2 Virginia in an ACC clash on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
Already without last season's leading scorer forward Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.), the Terps played Sunday's game without midfielders Wes Kirk (Bloomfield, N.J.) and Ian Rodway (Columbia, Md.), both sidelined with contusions to their right calf muscles, midfielder Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.), who was out with a left MCL sprain and midfidler Domenic Mediate (South Lake, Texas), who has been out a facial injury suffered several weeks ago.
Add to that, sophomore defender Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio) went down with a right foot injury against the Cavaliers, after he started at forward due to all the injuries. Stammler will undergo further evaluation on Monday.
With just 13 healthy field players, the Terps fought hard in defeat.
"We battled well and did lots of things we needed to do in this game," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "We were a little unfortunate in the first half and to Virginia's credit, they finished off their chance well."
Virginia completed the first undefeated season in the ACC at 6-0 and moved to 15-0-1 with the win, while Maryland stands at 8-7-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the league. The Cavaliers' 6-0 mark in the league marks the first league-undefeated season since 1986, when Virginia also accomplished the feat.
The Cavaliers jumped on top in the 20th minute as Ryan Gibbs scored from 15 yards out on a shot that beat Maryland keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) and deflected off the left goalpost and into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
Virginia struck again in the 26th minute as Steve Totten took a pass from Alecko Eskandarian and lofted the ball over Palmer's head for a 2-0 lead.
The Wahoos closed the book on the scoring when they scored just 50 seconds into the second half as Gibbs grabbed a rebound and fed Jacob LeBlanc for the 3-0 lead in the 46th minute.
Palmer was solid in the second half, keeping Virginia at bay, making four important saves and finish in with five in the match.
Virginia's David Comfort made threes saves in recording his 10th shutout of the season.
The Terps return to action on Wednesday night as they host the Manhattan Jaspers at 7 p.m. in a rescheduled match.
No. 2 Virginia (15-0-1, 6-0 ACC) 2-1=3
Maryland (8-7-1, 0-4-1 ACC) 0-0=0
Virginia: Ryan Gibbs (Jacob LeBlanc, Steve Totten) 19:58, Steve Totten (Alecko Eskandarian, Kenny Arena) 25:16, Jacob LeBlanc (Ryan Gibbs) 45:50. Maryland: none.
Virginia: David Comfort (90 minutes, 0 GA, 3 saves). Maryland: Noah Palmer (90 minutes, 3 GA, 5 saves).
Virginia: Shots 4+6=10, Corner Kicks 0+3=3, Saves 0+3=3, Fouls 15+17=32, Offsides 0. Maryland: Shots 4+4=8, Corner Kicks 2+2=4, Saves 1+4=5, Fouls 11+12=23, Offsides 3.