No. 5 Duke Downs No. 1 Maryland, 4-2, In ACC Semifinals
Nov. 11, 2005
CARY, N.C. - Duke's Blake Camp scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the game and the Blue Devils held off a late Terrapin rally as fifth-seeded Duke knocked off top-seeded Maryland, 4-2, Friday evening in the ACC Semifinals in Cary, N.C. Freshman Robbie Rogers scored a goal and an assist in the loss.
The Blue Devils (12-4-2) advance to the ACC Finals where they will meet the winner of Clemson-North Carolina. The Terps (15-4-1) failed to reach the finals for the first time in four years.
"We will learn a very good lesson from this," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We have played very well recently, but we hadn't started games well the last two games or so. Duke is a good team, they played very well and they punished us for our mistakes."
The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead in the game's first 16 minutes on a pair of goals from Camp. Camp first scored on a free kick from 25 yards with a blast into the right corner of the net. Just over two minutes later, Camp was at it again after heading in a throw-in from Darrius Barnes.
Goalkeeper Chris Seitz made two more saves on the half, including another header from Camp, before the Terp offense started to find its rhythm. Maurice Edu had his header cleared off the line on a corner kick from Michael Dello-Russo. Several minutes later Chris Lancos took a shot from 30 yards that deflected off the post. The Maryland pressure resulted in six first half corners, but none were converted for scores.
The momentum the Terps generated at the end of the first half halted after Michael Videira took advantage of a turnover in the midfield which he quickly back-heeled to Zach Pope who broke away deep into the offensive third. Pope dribbled until he just got inside the box and went far post for the score at 48:02.
"That goal really killed us -- it just put us in a big hole at that point," Cirovski said.
Maryland continued to press the action and was able to possess the ball in the Duke third, but was unable to break through until the 83rd minute. Chris Lancos played Rogers on the right side of the field, and he dribbled through the Duke defense where he found Jason Garey in the box where he finished from seven yards out.
The score ignited the Terp offense and Maryland capitalized on its 11th corner off the night. Lancos' corner went to the far post where Bertz headed it back to the middle of the field where Rogers headed it in for the score to pull Maryland within a goal with just over two minutes later.
Duke ended the Terp rally by scoring in the last minute on a counter. Wadsworth took a feed from Danny Kramer and put a shot past a charging Chris Seitz. However, Bertz appeared to clear the ball off the line for the Terps, but the shot was ruled a goal.
The Terps will learn of their NCAA fate on Nov. 14 as the 48-team bracket is announced on ESPN News at 4 p.m.