Maryland Earns 3-0 Shutout Win Over South Florida
Sept. 3, 2000
Charlottesville, Va. - Freshman striker Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station, Va.) redirected the corner kick into the net that would be the eventual game winner for the Terrapins, as Maryland ended a rainy day on an excellent note, securing a 3-0 win over South Florida Sunday afternoon. The Terps begin the 2000 season 2-0 after defeating Jacksonville 4-1 on Friday in the opening game of the Virginia/Coca-Cola Classic. South Florida is now 0-2 after losing 3-2 to Virginia on Friday night.
Playing in steady rain most of the afternoon, Maryland struck first when junior co-captain Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) found Thompson for the touch into the goal. The score was the first of Thompson's collegiate career. The freshman's goal would stick as the game winner, but Maryland's offense wasn't done for the day.
The second half was a rough one, and included a red card on South Florida goalie Troy Perkins (Worthington, Ohio) at 61:16. The card resulted from a trip outside the box as Thompson was breaking towards the goal. The Terrapins finally capitalized on the man-up situation when Bryan Vitagliano (Scottsdale, Ariz.) ripped a shot from 40 yards out that rebounded off reserve goalie Chris Simpson (Thonotassa, Fla.), who was drawn out on the play. Terp freshman Clarence Goodson (Fairfax Station, Va.) then fired the ball towards the open goal, scoring from 35 yards out. The goal, coming at 81:02, was Goodson's first of his collegiate career. Sophomore Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) finished the scoring for Maryland at 87:42 on an unassisted score to end the day. Buete's goal marked the seventh different Terrapin to score this season out of seven Terrapin goals scored.
Maryland's next action comes in its home opener against two-time defending national champion Indiana. The Terps and Hoosiers will battle on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Maryland/FILA Classic. Soccer America's No. 3 team, Virginia, and South Carolina open tournament action on Friday 5 p.m. FILA action continues on Sunday, Sept. 10 with Virginia and Indiana battling at noon. Maryland and South Carolina close out the tournament at 2:30 p.m.
1 2 F South Florida 0 0 0 No. 16 Maryland 1 2 3GOALS: MARYLAND: 31:16- Abe Thompson (Nick Downing)
MARYLAND: 81:02- Clarence Goodson (Unassisted)
MARYLAND: 87:42- Scott Buete (Unassisted)