No. 6 Maryland Edges No. 10 Virginia
Nov. 5, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior Jason Arnold scored with just over four minutes to play in regulation allowing Maryland to edge Virginia 1-0 Friday night in front of a packed Klockner Stadium. Arnold scored on an eight-yard shot after Chris Lancos fed him a pass from the lower-right corner of the box. Lancos also tallied the game-winning assist against the Cavs in last season's 1-0 win.
With the win, the Terps (13-4-1, 4-2-1) have the inside track to the second seed at next week's ACC Tournament. Virginia fell to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
Maryland put on a superior defensive effort, limiting the Cavs to just nine total shots and shutting them out for the first time this season.
"It was a very even, hard-fought game with both teams having good chances," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "To beat Virginia, especially at their place, is a great win for our program. I was really proud the way we played defensively against a great team."
The two teams played nearly as even as possible through a scoreless first 45 minutes. Each team took three shots and one on frame. The Terps recorded one more foul than the Cavs (7-6) and had one corner to UVa's none. Maryland's Stephen King and Ian Rodway were solid in patrolling the midfield for the Terps.
Just six minutes into the second half, Maryland had its best opportunity on a counter attack left Abe Thompson one-on-one just outside the box. Thompson created space and fired, but his shot just missed the far post. Three minutes later the Cavs were applying the pressure when Jeremy Barlow won a ball near the end line and found an open Adam Cristman inside the box and fired a rocket that was saved by Noah Palmer.
In the 66th minute, the Terps had another solid scoring chance when Chefik Simo slipped in the Virginia third and Thompson collected the ball. Thompson dribbled for 20 yards before sending a pass to the middle to Domenic Mediate who fired a shot that was saved by Ryan Burke. Mediate also got a shot off the rebound as he charged to the net, but that effort was saved as well.
Arnold got the breakthrough goal in the 86th minute after Lancos slid the ball through the UVa defense and found Arnold who shot the ball toward the near post while Burke dove toward the far post.
"It was a great ball played to me, and I was happy to get a foot on it and direct it the right way," Arnold said. "It may have caught the goalie out of position and I was able to get it by him."
Garey was credited with his team-leading 10th assist, while Lancos tallied his fourth assist on the year.
Virginia pressed in the final the final minutes, but the Terp defense refused to break. Kenney Bertz was even able to record a team save in the game's waning minutes to help preserve the 1-0 win for the Terps. Palmer finished the game with three saves.
The Terps will now head to the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. Seeds and times will be announced on Monday, Nov. 8.