Sept. 7, 2003
College Park, Md. - A.J. Herrera and Jason Garey each scored a goal and registered an assist to lead No.2 Maryland to a 2-1 win over American Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The Terrapins took the tournament title as the only team to finish the weekend 2-0.
"We are happy to get the win, especially after we had to bounce back after such an emotional game on Friday," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We didn't do too well in the last 15-20 minutes, so the guys know we have a lot of work to do in front of us."
The Terps got on the board first in just the seventh minute of action when Herrera threaded a ball through the American defense to find the foot of Jason Garey. Garey converted on the shot from 15 yards out.
Those two got involved again just over 16 minutes later when Garey broke away and put a shot on American keeper Thomas Myers. Myers failed to field in cleanly and the rebound came to Herrera finished for the score.
American played physical with the Terps in attempt to throw off the team's rhythm. That rough play led to six yellow cards called on the Eagles, while Maryland players were carded three times in the match.
American started to apply some pressure on Maryland in the second half that led to the Eagles only goal, and only the first allowed by the Terps all season. Andrew Herman high kicked a cross from Brett Niebling after a throw-in from Shawn Kuykendall. The Eagles continued to press looking for the game-tying goal, but Maryland was able to snuff out any further scoring from American.
Abe Thompson, who did not play in Sunday's contest to rest a nagging injury, was named the tournament's offensive MVP for his efforts against UCLA. In addition to converting the penalty kick in that game, Thompson's pressure in the first 10 minutes of the second half was a major reason the Terps were able to force the Bruins into a mistake.
Senior Scott Buete was the tournament's defensive MVP. A midfielder, Buete was a major factor in shutting down No.1 UCLA on Friday night and was able to limit American to just eight shots on Sunday.
Maryland (4-0) is poised to take over the top spot in the rankings on Monday after its win over UCLA. The Terrapins will look to extend their 15-match winning streak at Ludwig Field on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.as they take on Loyola.
UCLA vs. Virginia
The second-ranked UCLA Bruins rebounded from its loss on Friday night to Maryland with a 4-0 win over Virginia Sunday afternoon at the Maryland/adidas Soccer Classic.
The Bruins struck quickly as Dru Hoshimiya redirected Adolfo Gregorio's shot with his head at 5:46. Gregorio stretched the lead to 2-0 when his shot from the end line went through Virginia keeper Ryan Best's hands. Chad Barrett and Mike Enfield were credited with assists.
Virginia put pressure on the Bruin defense, but UCLA had a superior counter-attack. Kirk Dinnall and Joe Vide each had two good looks at the goal that were turned away by UCLA keeper Zach Wells.
The Bruins took advantage of some aggressive plays by Virginia with two goals in the 85th minute. Mike Enfield converted from five yards out on a cross from Phillip Harr. Enfield was credited with an assist.
Enfield then scored UCLA's fourth goal on a great move from inside the box. Enfield slipped by two defenders and then beat Best with a shot in the top right corner of the net. He finished the game with four points on one goal and two assists.
2003 Maryland/adidas Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team
Abe Thompson, Maryland, Offensive MVP
Scott Buete, Maryland, Defensive MVP
Ian Rodway, Maryland
Seth Stammler, Maryland
Noah Palmer, Maryland
A.J. Herrera, Maryland
Aaron Lopez, UCLA
Mike Enfield, UCLA
Leonard Griffin, UCLA
Will Hall, Virginia
Matt Oliver, Virginia
Shawn Kuykendall, American
Chalie Koniver, American