No. 25 Men's Soccer Stops No. 14 Penn, 1-0
Oct. 20, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Senior midfielder Domenic Mediate scored his fifth goal in as many games as the No. 25 Maryland Terrapins defeated No. 14 Penn, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon at Rhodes Field.
Mediate's goal was his the fifth of the season and his second game-winner this year. Freshman Stephen King was credited with the assist on the play, his fourth helper of the year. Senior goalkeeper Noah Palmer recorded the shutout in goal for the Terps, his 27th of his career, tying him with Dom Macina atop Maryland's all-time list.
The loss was the Quakers (6-3-2) first at home since Nov. 8, 2003. It was the first time Penn has been shut out in 14 games dating back to Oct. 29, 2003 against Seton Hall.
"I thought this was a very, good complete performance for us against a top team," head coach Sasho Cirovski said.
The Terps (9-4-1) played strong in the first half, controlling the possession throughout the first half. Maryland held a 9-5 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes, including four on goal. Mediate caused havoc up front for the Terps, getting three shots off including two on frame. Penn's best offensive opportunities came off re-starts and set plays in the Maryland third, but the shots came mostly from outside the box for the Quakers. Midfielders Ian Rodway and Stephen King helped to control the midfield and dictate the pace of play for the Terps.
The Terps came out of the second half pressing ahead, testing Penn keeper Daniel Cepero with two shots on goal in the first two minutes. The Terps' pressure finally helped Maryland get past Cepero in the 52nd minute after a loose ball bounced to Stephen King near the end line. King sent the ball across to the far post where Mediate finished the waist-high pass for the score.
"I thought we played well in the first half -- we had four quality chances to score," Cirovski said. "We wanted to get that spark in the second half and we wanted to get rewarded for the chances that we were creating for ourselves."
Penn was able to get several chances midway through the second, but Palmer and the Terrapin back line were up to the task. Palmer made a diving save on a shot by Jonathon Blackwell, and the Terps converged in front of the goal to stop a Quaker shot that came after a scramble in front of the net. Palmer finished the game with two saves.
Maryland's offensive possessions became limited toward the end of the game as the Penn continued to try and get the equalizer. Penn's best chance to tie the score came off a corner kick, but Blackwell's header just bounced wide of the net.
The Terps return to action this Saturday to face another nationally-ranked opponent when they take on 16th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth at 4 p.m. at Ludwig Field.