Nov. 27, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-seeded Maryland Terrapins advanced to the third round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament with a 1-0 victory over the visiting American Eagles on a frigid night at Ludwig Field. Maryland is now 18-4, while American falls to 13-8-1.
Domenic Mediate (Southland, Texas) scored the game's only goal in the 53rd minute when he collected a cross that squirted through the box and deposited the ball into the lower right corner of the net past a sprawling Michael Behonick. Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Nino Marcantonio were credited with the assists on Mediate's 10th goal of the season.
A large crowd of 2,103 braved the elements to see Maryland (18-4) advance to the third round for the first time since 1998 when they will host either Saint Louis or New Mexico on Sunday at 1 p.m.
With a one-goal lead, Maryland strengthened their clamps defensively, preventing any good Eagle scoring opportunities late in the match.
Maryland had the better shot opportunities in the first 45 minutes of action, tallying 10 shots to just three for American. Maryland finished with 16 shots compared to eight for the Eagles.
The Terrapins twice missed getting on the scoreboard late in the first half when Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) headed a ball just over the Eagle net from inside the box with just under eight minutes remaining. Maryland had another late chance when Mediate worked a give-and-go with Sumed, springing him to a breakaway against Eagle netminder Behonick, who came well out of the box to cover up and make his sixth save of the half.
American countered their best chance of the half when Peter Philipakos received a cross over the head of Maryland keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.), who recovered quickly to cut off Philipakos' angle and prevent a shot from five yards out with under one minute remaining.
"In the second half, we did what we needed to do to win the game," said Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski. "I thought our midfielders did a great job, our forwards put a lot of pressure on them, and our backs were solid as usual. Eventually our pressure up top paid off."
Maryland avenges its only previous postseason meeting against American, when the Eagles eliminated the Terrapins 1-0 in the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. Maryland has since won five straight in the series.
Box Score 1 2 F American (13-8-1) 0 0 0 No. 2 Maryland (18-4) 0 1 1
Shots: AU 3+5=8, UM 10+6=16 Corner Kicks: AU 0+2=2, UM 1+3=4 Fouls: AU 12+4=16, UM 4+4=8 Offsides: AU 0+2=2, UM 0+0=0
Goalkeeping: Maryland- Noah Palmer (90 minutes, 0 goals against, 4 saves); American- Michael Behonick (90 minutes, 1 goal against, 7 saves)
Cards: Maryland- None. American- Charlie Koniver (Yellow Card- 7:19), Sean Albright (Yellow Card- 65:10).