Terps Open Season With Golden Goal Thriller From Philip Salyer
Aug. 31, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- -
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Philip Salyer (Dallas, Texas) connected for the golden goal at 119:20 to lift No. 15 Maryland 2-1 over No. 7 UCLA at the Virginia Soccer Classic. Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio) sent the cross that would set-up the gamewinner in the Terps' season opener.
The Terps struck first at 10:42 when redshirt-sophmore A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) directed a penalty kick into the lower right corner. Play continued to go back and forth, with both teams moving the ball well until UCLA defender Alex Yi (Easton, Md.) received his second yellow card of the game, and was ejected for the remainder of the afternoon.
Maryland played man-up through the rest of the half, but gave up a goal late at 39:42 on a floater into the upper left corner off the head of Cliff McKinley (Fountain Valley, Calif.). The game was tied up entering the second half, with the Bruins still a man down until the 77th minute when UCLA midfielder Aldolfo Gregorio (Himlar, Calif.) took Terps' midfielder Siba Mohammed down just outside the box. Gregorio received a red card for the takedown, relegating UCLA to nine players for the remainder of the game.
Neither team could secure the win in regulation, sending the game into two overtime frames. UCLA fought hard despite the two-man deficit, but couldn't hold the Terps off in the last minute when Salyer connected for the win with the header.
"It was a great beginning and a great ending, with the middle a little shaky," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "I give UCLA a lot of credit. When they lost Alex Yi, they could've folded, but they continued to play hard.
"At the end of the day, these are the kind of games we didn't win last year and today we did."
The Terps continue tournament action Sunday, Sept. 2, against Liberty at noon.
1 2 OT OT F No. 15 Maryland 1 0 0 1 2 No. 7 UCLA 1 0 0 0 1
Goals: 10:42-Maryland: A.J. Herrera (Penalty Kick) 39:42- UCLA: Cliff McKinley (Jimmy Frazelle) 119:20- Maryland: Philip Salyer (Seth Stammler)