- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2003

A 10-day layoff didn’t affect the Maryland men’s soccer team in its NCAA tournament opener last night. Jason Garey and Clarence Goodson scored to lead the second-seeded Terrapins past Old Dominion 2-1 in the second round of the tournament before 2,114 at Ludwig Field.

Maryland (18-2-1) will play host to Akron in the third round Sunday at 1p.m. The 15th-seeded Zips (15-4-2) defeated visiting Rutgers 3-2 last night.

Maryland had not played since losing a shootout to Virginia in the ACC tournament final Nov.16. Yet rather than being rusty, the Terps were loose the entire game.

“I thought we played free,” Garey said. “We had fun the whole game. We were trying things and using our skill. I thought we played good soccer and it showed.”

Forward Abe Thompson, who returned to the starting lineup after missing most of the last 10 games with plantar fasciaitis, began a run from midfield in the 32nd minute before passing left to midfielder Sumed Ibrahim. The senior quickly sent a pass to Garey, who beat Monarchs keeper Samuel Cameron (six saves) on the left side for his 11th goal of the year.

The Terps scored again on a set piece in the 76th minute after the Monarchs’ Ado Fazlic was issued a yellow card. Maryland’s Nino Marcantonio lofted a free kick into the box, and Goodson deposited it for his second goal of the season.

“I felt like this was one of our better performances of the season, on par with the UCLA game, Wake Forest and so forth,” Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. “When we play at that level, we’re a very good team.”

Old Dominion (15-4-1) produced few credible scoring opportunities in the first 60 minutes but rallied to apply pressure late in the game. Maryland keeper Noah Palmer made five saves and allowed only a goal by Ryan Sniegoski with one second remaining.

Thompson was solid in his return and displayed the speed and field vision that allowed him to score 14 goals a year ago. He played 40 minutes before sitting out the second half after experiencing some soreness in his foot.

Maryland lost forward Domenic Mediate with a bruised left shoulder after he collided with several players in the first half. Mediate was taken for X-rays, and his status for Sunday was unknown.

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