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Terps Advance to Quarters

Maryland reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's tournament for the fifth time in seven years with a 2-1 victory over California today at Ludwig Field in College Park. Junior defender Omar Gonzalez nodded in Graham Zusi's corner kick in the 19th minute and junior midfielder Jeremy Hall scored from distance on a deflected shot early in the second half as the second-seeded Terps (20-3) won their 13th straight. Andrew Wiedeman 's goal in the 67th minute halved the margin, but Terps keeper Zac MacMath made a superb foot save on Wiedeman two minutes later and Pat Marion missed a clear opportunity from 12 yards in the 89th. Maryland will play host to seventh-seeded Creighton or UConn, who face each other today in Omaha, next Saturday at 1 p.m. Creighton (16-1-2) won in overtime, 2-1.

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2008; 2:47 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Did DC waive anyone last week? I didn't see any names mentioned from DC, Houston, SJ, or Toronto.

Posted by: undrafted | November 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice atmosphere today in CP. Maryland was the better team in both halves, controlling the ball and generally dicating play. They were fortunate late not to be equalized. Go Terps!

Posted by: sbg1 | November 29, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Maryland was in total control until the Cal goal (best previous chance for the Bears was someone dribbling in from the left and hitting a high cross when a low ball was required), but then threatened to come totally apart. I don't want to shortchange Cal, who came to life, but the Terps really should have been able to cope with what was an extremely basic opposing attack. It wasn't an individual problem; it was a team-wide collapse. Maryland lost their shape and abandoned what had been working perfectly to basically acquiesce to how Cal wanted the game to go from then on.

Once again, the player that impressed me the most was Jeremy Hall. He really looks like a pro being forced to play in the NCAA. Cal finally managed to get the game to be played away from Hall (by keeping the ball in the air and funneling everything to the right, abetted by Maryland's loss of composure), but whenever he was on the ball, Cal was in trouble.

All this said, and with Cal missing 2 golden chances to equalize, MD could have been up 3 or 4 by that point. The Cal keeper made a superb save to keep the score 2-0, and the Terps squandered a couple great chances themselves. Ultimately, Maryland was better by enough to survive a poor final 20 minutes and get to the quarterfinals.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 29, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is Maryland awesome at every single sport....its kind of ridiculous.

On a side note I found this hilarious spoof of PTI I thought yall would enjoy
http://www.digitalfuntown.com/videos/90

Posted by: ishdft | November 29, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

That defensive meltdown was scary. Before the Cal goal, the D was waterproof, and then suddenly turned into a sieve. It seemed like a communication issue from afar.

Agreed on Hall. I'd add Gonzalez (#4) and Townsend (#7) to the pro-like list, too. A few times when things got hairy, Gonzalez lit up, took just stole the ball and started controlling the situation. Townsend has crazy positioning - most of the balls in the air he's trapping off his chest with a defender on his back, and then turns on the defender. Granted it's NCAA, but for his level he's got some moves.

Posted by: eadc | November 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed the game very much.
Surely, any team up by 2 to 0 wins 19 out of 20. Beat Creighton!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 29, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I also enjoyed the game. The atmosphere was really cool. The student section rode the poor goalie the entire game and it was amazing what could be done without 4 letter words.

Posted by: jmingus | November 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Catching up on some South American news:

1) Argentina will host the next Copa America in 2011: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/26/sports/SOC-2011-Copa-America.php

2) The draw for the 50th edition of the Copa Libertadores took place earlier this week. However, most of the spots are still TBA (the draw just determined placeholders): http://www.goal.com/en/news/1056/copa-libertadores/2008/11/25/981994/2009-copa-libertadores-draw

And finally, I was just watching Colombian soccer on Gol TV, and RENE HIGUITA was playing on goal for one of the teams. Yes, the same GK who played in the 1990 World Cup. He is 42 now and still going.

Posted by: Pedalada | November 29, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Three NCAA men's round of 16 contests today, two of 'em from Carolina, all with early-afternoon starts, that can be followed concurrently from your desktop:

http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2008/ncaa_bracket_DI_soccer_men.html

Ironically, the tournament organizers snatched the Akron-Northwestern game away from Akron, the higher-seeded team, and moved it to Evanston, because they were dissatisfied with how Akron's groundskeepers dealt with the snow in the previous round. Guess what? It's snowing in Evanston, but not in Akron. We'll see whether they get this game in.

U20 women in the quarters against England later this afternoon (Galavision, BSPN360.com; matchtracker at http://www.ussoccer.com/).

Posted by: universityandpark | November 30, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Update: The UNC-UIC game has been moved from Chapel Hill to Cary, and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/113008aab.html

Posted by: universityandpark | November 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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