Aug. 30, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- - The No. 10 Maryland men's soccer team began the season on the right foot, winning a lopsided 8-0 battle with Rhode Island to open the Virginia Soccer Classic. Terrapin striker Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) led all scorers with two goals and three assists. Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.) also had two goals on the night.
Last year's leading scorer for the Terps, Sumed opened the scoring less than eight minutes into the 2002 season as well, breaking away from a scramble and finding the net past Rhode Island keeper Michael Charles.
Sumed set up a pretty sequence again for the Terps in the 15th minute when he hit a through ball that found Thompson's foot on the left side of the field. Thompson slipped a roller past Charles on the right side for the goal to make it 2-0 Maryland.
In the 27th minute, midfielder Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) gathered the ball and launched a rocket from 25 yards out to stretch the lead to 3-0 Maryland.
Mohammed Keita came close to putting Rhode Island on the board in the 32nd minute, firing one just wide right and keeping it a shutout for the Terps.
The Terrapin scoring continued with Thompson netting his second goal of the game in the 38th minute off a sharp-angled strike from the left side of the box to the right. Sumed was credited with the assist on the play that made the score 4-0.
Sumed created the offense again with his third assist of the half, finding freshman Jason Garey (Gonzalez, La.) on the breakaway streaking up the field in the 43rd minute. Garey made the deposit from left to right for his first career goal and put the Terps up 5-0 with less than three minutes before the break.
Maryland's first half heroics weren't finished, however, and Sumed struck again when redshirt-sophomore Jason Arnold (Fairfax Station, Va.) found him in the box for his seventh point of the half, making it a 6-0 Terps' lead when the teams headed for the lockeroom.
The Terps' scoring didn't stop in the second half. Nino Marcantonio (Bethesda, Md.) tallied his first career goal as a Terp from the right wing from 10 yards out in the 57th minute. The unassisted goal extended the Terps' lead to 7-0. With two saves and a shutout intact, Maryland's Noah Palmer handed the goal keeping responsibilities over to redshirt-freshman Craig Salvati (West Chester, Ohio) after the goal. The appearance was Salvati's first of his career.
Arnold finished the day's scoring when he received a neat cross from Garey seven yards out from right to left and found the back of the net for the 8-0 blanking of the Rams.
Credit Palmer with two saves and the shutout win, giving the Terps their first shutout of the year. Last season, it took Maryland 11 games to earn its first shutout. The 8-0 victory was Maryland's first shutout in a season opener since 1994 when the Terps beat Old Dominion 2-0 to start the year. The Terrapin's eight goals marked the largest margin of victory in a season opener since 1962 when Maryland beat NC State 11-1.
The game also marked Maryland's largest margin of victory ever at a neutral site, besting their ACC tournament opening round effort vs. NC State in 1996, the year the Terps won the conference crown.
The 10th-ranked Terps meet No. 20 Kentucky on Sunday at noon in the final day of Virginia Soccer Classic action.
1 2 F No. 10 Maryland 6 2 8 Rhode Island 0 0 0Goalkeeping: Maryland- Noah Palmer (55 minutes, 2 saves, 0 goals against), Craig Salvati (35 minutes, 1 saves, 0 goals against); Rhode Island- Michael Charles (63 minutes, 3 saves, 7 goals against), Dean Ruddy (27 minutes, 0 saves, 1 goal against)
Scoring: 7:50- Maryland: Sumed Ibrahim (Unassisted) 14:10- Maryland: Abe Thompson (Sumed Ibrahim) 26:30- Maryland: Scott Buete (Unassisted) 37:39- Maryland: Abe Thompson (Sumed Ibrahim) 42:08- Maryland: Jason Garey (Sumed Ibrahim) 42:35- Maryland: Sumed Ibrahim (Jason Arnold) 56:37- Maryland: Nino Marcantonio (Unassisted) 75:57- Maryland: Jason Arnold (Jason Garey)
Shots: UM- 11+6=17, RIU- 4+4=8 Corners: UM- 4+2=6, RIU- 1+3=4 Fouls: UM- 5+ 8=13, RIU- 13+7=20 Offsides: UM- 4+2=6, RIU- 0+0=0
Cards: Maryland: None. Rhode Island: Mohammed Keita (Yellow- 35:15: Dangerous Play); Hans Esterhuizen (Yellow- 35:43: Dangerous Play)