Sept. 22, 2004
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary's Thomas Brannon scored on a header with just 7:12 left in the second overtime as the Tribe upset No. 1 Maryland, 1-0, Wednesday night at Albert-Daly Field.
The Tribe goal came in their first good scoring opportunity in either of the overtime sessions. The header came after a cross from Michael Yakovac. Yakovac sent the ball from just outside the box to Brannon whose finish bounced just inside the near post.
"Tonight we ran into a team that was highly motivated and committed to defending," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I felt like we controlled the pace and the flow of play, but they made the most of their opportunity."
Maryland controlled the first half possession, out-shooting the Tribe 10-2. Four Terp shots went on goal, including pair in the eighth minute when a Chris Lancos header hit the crossbar and the rebound went to Abe Thompson whose shot was deflected by the goalkeeper and then also caught a piece of the crossbar. Despite only two first half shots, William and Mary had an excellent chance to get on the board but Pat Scherder's header just floated over the crossbar in the 20th minute.
Neither team was able to make a strong run at the goal in the second half until the Tribe got off a pair of shots from inside the box in the 64th minute. Clayton Voss' shot from the top left of the box was saved by Noah Palmer, and the rebound by Scherder also on frame but stopped by Palmer. Despite holding a 16-6 advantage in total shots (and putting seven on goal) and a 6-0 edge in corner kicks, the two teams would finish the 90 minutes tied at 0-0.
In the first overtime session, the Terps had three good looks at the goal, two of which were saved by goalie Kris Rake. Thompson, Jason Garey and Domenic Mediate each put pressure on the Tribe defense.
In the second overtime, Garey got a header on goal that was again saved by Rake. The Tribe scored the game winner on their ensuing possession.
Rake stopped 10 shots for William & Mary, while Maryland's Palmer also played well in goal stopping three shots. Offensively, Thompson led the Terps with six shots, four of which were on goal.
With the loss, Maryland drops to 5-1-1 on the year, while the Tribe improve to 4-1-1.
Maryland will be back in action this Saturday night when it plays host to No. 13 Duke at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.