Terps Blank Butler
Aug. 31, 2003
Omaha, Neb. - The Maryland men's soccer team used two goals in the first half and converted on two penalty kicks in the second half to cruise to a 4-0 win over Bulter in the finals of the Diadora Challenge.
Senior captain Seth Stammler was named the tournament's MVP as he helped the Terps to back-to-back shutouts from his center-back position. A.J. Herrera, Ian Rodway and Scott Buete were also named to the all-tournament team.
The second-ranked Terrapins dominated play throughout controlling the ball offensively and limiting any offensive opportunities for the Bulldogs. Maryland held a decisive 27-11 advantage in shots and took nine corner kicks compared to Butler's two.
"I thought today we were in complete control, and our possession was very good," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was pleasing to get rewarded for our quality attacks."
The Terps got on the board in the 24th minute when Sumed Ibrahim slid a pass from the top of the box to Domenic Mediate on the left side who put the ball past Butler keeper Evan Reinhardt. Maryland stretched its lead to 2-0 just seconds before the half when Nino Marcantonio's cross found the head of Jason Arnold for the goal.
Maryland kept the pressure on in the second half forcing Butler to make critical mistakes. Marcantonio converted on a penalty kick after being pulled down in the box tracking down a great feed from Stammler. Herrera converted the Terps' other penalty kick in the 83rd minute after Siba Mohammed was taken out by Butler's keeper and was unable to take the kick himself.
Noah Palmer worked 72 minutes in goal before giving way to Craig Salvati. The keepers turned away all four shots on goal.
"We wanted to come here and get two wins," Cirovski added. "Butler got our attention after their play against Creighton and we were ready to play. We got everyone in the game and got several people quality minutes, which should serve us well in the future."
Maryland (2-0) now turns its attention for its showdown with top-ranked UCLA as the Bruins visit College Park as part of the Maryland/adidas Soccer Challenge on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. The game will also be televised live by CN8 and Comcast Sports Net.
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