No. 2 Maryland Advances To NCAA Quarterfinals With 1-0 Win Over No. 15 Akron
Nov. 30, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Maryland men's soccer advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over No. 15 Akron at Ludwig Field on Sunday afternoon.
Neither team could find a rhythm in the first half, trading possessions mostly in the midfield. The Terps usually potent offense was slowed, firing just four shots in the first half, with just one of those on goal. Akron wasn't able to get much going either, with their lone shot on goal coming on a run by Alex Odwell.
The Terps (19-2-1) got on track in the second half, though, possessing the ball better and creating numerous opportunities. Maryland threatened in the 53rd minute as Kenney Bertz and Chris Lancos each hit the post on successive shots before the ball being cleared away. Clarence Goodson had his header sail just over the net and Nino Marcantonio's shot from inside the box was just off the mark
The persistence paid off as Jason Garey scored his second goal in as many games when he finished a give-and-go from Marcantonio. The play was set up by Sumed Ibrahim, who stepped in front of the ball in the Terps end and raced the length of the field before dishing to Marcantonio. The goal came at 60:43.
After scoring the goal, Maryland continued to apply pressure, which limited the chances for the Zips. The Terp back line of Bertz, Seth Stammler, Goodson and Chris Lancos also helped Maryland outshoot Akron 12-1 and held the Zips without a shot on goal in the second half. For the game, Maryland held a 16-4 advantage in shots. The Terps have not been outshot in a game all season.
Without forwards Abe Thompson and Erwin Diaz available for today's game, Garey again proved to be capable to shoulder the offensive burden. Garey's 12th goal of the season leads Maryland.
Goalkeeper Noah Palmer made just one save to record his 25th career shutout and his fifth in NCAA Tournament play.
Maryland will host the quarterfinal game next Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m., at Ludwig Field. The Terps will face Saint Louis, 3-2 winners of Washington on Sunday.