Men's Soccer Advances to ACC Tourney Semifinals
November 12, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 5 seeded Maryland defeated No. 4 seeded North Carolina 2-0 in the first quarterfinal match of the Atlantic Coast Conference Mens Soccer Tournament at W. Dennie Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Terrapin midfielder Jason Cropley knocked in a 15-yarder off the pass from Pierre Venditti to put the team up 1-0 at the 66:49 mark. Venditti added the insurance goal with just under four minutes remaining in the match after beating the goalkeeper and delivering the ball into the open net.
Maryland, ranked as high as No. 15 in the national polls, avenged a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tar Heels during the regular season. The Terrapins will face the top-seeded Clemson Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation, Friday at 5:30 PM in the semifinals. The two teams have faced each other twice in the ACC Tournament with each picking up a win, including Marylands 4-2 victory in the 1997 first round.
No. 5 Maryland 0 2 - 2 (record: 13-6-0) No. 4 North Carolina 0 0 - 0 (record: 11-6-2)Scoring Summary:
66:49 Maryland - Cropley (Venditti)
86:04 Maryland - Venditti
Shots: Maryland 17, North Carolina 14
QUOTES FROM MARYLAND HEAD COACH SASHO CIROVSKI:
We were dangerous throughout the game, including the first half. There were a couple of times in the first half where we couldve pulled the trigger and didnt. Guys were playing a little too selfless, which is nice some times and not so nice others. We shut the door down on them.
QUOTES FROM NORTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH ELMAR BOLOWICH:
We lacked the depth that we needed in a game like this and had to juggle our lineup. We had to play players where they are not best suited.