- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2002

Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski urged forward Domenic Mediate to remain aggressive just before the Terrapins began overtime in yesterday's third-round NCAA tournament game against Saint Louis. Five minutes later, Cirovski was glad Mediate heeded his advice.
Mediate scored on a deflection off Saint Louis goalkeeper Martin Hutton as the second-seeded Terps (19-4) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 defeat of the Billikens (15-4-2) before 1,915 at frigid Ludwig Field.
"I had a little argument with Dom [before overtime]. I wanted to play Dom as a striker and he was begging to play the midfield," Cirovski said. "I said, 'Dom, you're going to play striker, we're going to use your speed and you're going to score the goal.' He made me look good."
After applying pressure for much of the second half and throughout overtime, it was equal parts hustle and luck that helped the Terps score. Hutton was near the goal when a long ball bounded into the box. But instead of allowing defender Nick Gannon to play the ball, Hutton called him off and tried to clear it himself.
Meanwhile, Mediate saw the distance between Hutton and the ball and sprinted into the box. Hutton attempted to clear it, but instead kicked the ball into Mediate. The carom went off to the right, and the sophomore quickly gained possession and deposited the ball in the left side of the net.
"I knew I could get to that ball about the same time he did," Mediate said. "I just took off and took one in the gut. Then I had an open look and put it in."
Both teams produced solid defensive performances in the first half as the offenses struggled to adapt to the windy conditions. Saint Louis continued to have trouble in the second half as neither forward Jason Cole nor midfielder Jack Jewsbury, who combined for 28 of the Billikens' 50 goals this season, took a shot.
Maryland, though, brought greater pressure from its front four in the second half and gradually wore down the Billikens' defense. The Terps outshot Saint Louis 15-2 after halftime and used midfielder Scott Buete's efficient play to control the midfield and possession after the break.
"We got stronger and stronger as the game went on," said Cirovski, whose Terps reached the quarterfinals for the first time in four years. "We were knocking on the door in the second half. It was only a matter of time."
The Terps will play host to No.7-seeded Connecticut Saturday at 1p.m. The Huskies (17-5), who defeated Indiana in a round-of-16 game yesterday, upended Maryland 2-0 in an Oct.12 regular-season meeting in Storrs, Conn.
The winner plays either UCLA or Penn State in the national semifinals in Dallas on Friday, Dec. 13. The championship is Dec. 15 in Dallas.


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