No. 3 Maryland Storms Past Georgetown
Sept. 12, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The third-ranked Maryland Terrapins faced its first deficit of the season early against Georgetown, but stormed back to score the game's next three goals and went on to win a 4-2 decision over the Hoyas Sunday afternoon at the Maryland/adidas Classic.
Jason Garey scored a pair of goals and Chris Lancos scored a career-high four points on a goal and two assists to help pace the Terrapins. Abe Thompson score the Terps' other goal and Kenny Bertz chipped in two assists.
For their efforts, Garey and Thompson were named co-MVPs of the tournament. Thompson scored three goals, including the game-winner against No. 2 St. John's, to go with one assist while Garey racked up five goals and an assist in an 11-point weekend. Domenic Mediate and Ian Rodway were the other Terps represented on the all-tournament team.
The Hoyas (2-3-0) started the game strong controlling possession and creating opportunities. Ricky Schramm headed in a cross from Trevor Goodrich at the 7:05 mark to give the Hoyas the early lead.
Georgetown did not let up, keeping the pressure on the Terps. However, Maryland was able to get into its offensive rhythm midway through the first half. The Terps knotted the score at 1-1 when Michael Dello-Russo played the ball ahead on the left side to Thompson who held off a defender and got the shot past goalie Andrew Keszler. The score came at 27:09 in the first half.
Just under 10 minutes later, it was Garey providing the punch for the Terps. Off a corner kick by Dello-Russo, Bertz headed it to the corner of the goal where Lancos got a touch on the ball amidst a crowd in front of the net. The ball got through the crowd to Garey who slid the ball in for the score.
Maryland (4-0) kept the pressure on in the second half, and got some breathing room on a score from Lancos. Bertz's throw-in from close to the touch line went over a group and found Lancos all alone on the far post for the score at 50:08.
Georgetown would rally back, though, getting more offensive looks and more possession midway through the second half. Trevor Goodrich's corner kick went to Schramm who settled the ball and fired from 18 yards into the top-right side of the net to cut the Terrapin lead to 3-2.
Garey put the game out of reach in the 68th minute when Lancos played a ball ahead from the midfield. In space, Garey kept pushing toward the end line looking as if he was going to cross it, then fired a shot at a tough angle past Keszler for the score.
The Terrapin defense held Georgetown to just six total shots, but four of those went on goal: two ended up as scores and Noah Palmer tallied saves on the other two. The Hoyas scored on their only shot in the second half. Georgetown's Schramm and Dan Grasso were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts on the weekend.
Maryland improves to 25-0 all-time against the Hoyas, but Georgetown is one of just two teams to score at least two goals against the Terps in the last two seasons.
"I tried very hard to prepare the team for the emotional challenge of today, and I don't think our team met the challenge of being prepared," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It was a very disappointing start to the game, but it was somewhat predictable coming off the unbelievable performance on Friday. We were only a fraction of ourselves today, but we still have some things to be happy about.
"Georgetown made it difficult for us. They clogged up the midfield and cut off some passing angles. But we saw today the benefits of having an Abe Thompson, a Jason Garey, a Domenic Mediate - guys that are explosive and can create things for us."
The Terps will be back in action at Ludwig Field this Wednesday, Sept. 15, as the Terps take on Loyola. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
No. 2 St. John's 0, No. 14 Penn State 0
Despite playing a man-down for more than 30 minutes, the No. 2 ranked St. John's men's soccer team played to a scoreless tie with No. 14 Penn State during second round play of the Maryland/adidas Classic at Ludwig Field.
St. John's is now 2-1-1 overall, while Penn State is 1-0-3.
In the first overtime period the Red Storm, playing down a man after senior Chris Corcoran was sent off with a red card late in the second half, were tested immediately by the Nittany Lions. A header from Chad Severs off a corner kick was cleared by a St. John's defender. The ball bounced in the box to Richard Costanzo, whose bicycle kick was saved by Red Storm keeper Bill Gaudette. Another corner resulted in a shot from Severs, but St. John's defender Sam Matthews cleared the ball off the line.
After a first half controlled by the St. John's attack, Penn State had a pair of chances in the early going of the second. A shot from Simon Omekanda was saved by senior keeper Bill Gaudette and an odd bounce allowed Nittany Lions forward Chad Severs to get off a shot in the box, but it went just high.
St. John's had a tremendous chance in the 68th minute when senior Andre Schmid sent a ball down the far sideline to Matt Groenwald. Groenwald saved the ball from going out, dribbled along the end line and sent a ball through the box to a streaking Ashley Kozicki, but the play was broken up. Minutes later, a trio of touches near midfield gave Schmid a one-on-one opportunity with Penn State keeper Conrad Taylor, but the ball drifted wide and his shot went to the right of the net.
The Red Storm kept the pressure on, with Groenwald picking up a loose ball in the middle of the field and racing toward the box with a pair of defenders on him. He was able to chip a shot off in the box, but Taylor managed to get a piece of it, sending it to the left. A header from junior Jeff Carroll on the ensuing corner kick was high.
St. John's attacked from the opening kick, getting a free kick by Andrei Gotsmanov in the 11th minute 10 yards wide of the box. Senior captain Chris Corcoran, making his first start of the season, was solid in the back, sending several balls through for shots on goal. The first of those was received by Schmid, who turned on his defender, but his shot from 10 yards out went wide.
In the 21st minute, senior Simone Salinno sent a through ball to Kozicki, who slipped a ball from the end line to Groenwald in the box. Groenwald's shot was blocked by a slide from Penn State keeper Conrad Taylor.
The Nittany Lions had a couple of chances in the opening half, but the Red Storm back line was able to contain them. Shots from Chad Severs and Pasi Karppinen both went wide. Their best chance came in the 35th minute when Gaudette made a diving save on a left-footed shot from the near side of the box by Penn State's Jeff Chambers.
In the 29th minute, Groenwald found space at the top of the box after a throw-in and sent a blast that Taylor stopped. A pair of corner kicks in the 30th minute resulted in a shot from Kozicki from 22 yards out that Palmer saved.
Penn State took 16 shots, including six on goal, while the Red Storm attempted 11, with five on goal. The Nittany Lions held the advantage in corner kicks, taking six to St. John's five. Gaudette made four saves for the Red Storm, while Taylor had five for Penn State.
Final Tournament Standings
1. Maryland 2-0-0 2. Penn State 1-0-1 3. St. John's 0-1-1 4. Georgetown 0-2-0
2004 Maryland/adidas Classic All-Tournament Team