Maryland Advances To ACC Championship Final With 4-2 Win Over North Carolina
Nov. 13, 2004
CARY, N.C. - The Maryland Terrapins advanced to their third straight conference championship and fifth overall with a 4-2 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday afternoon at the SAS Soccer Complex. All six goals in the game were scored in the second half including five in an 18 minute span. Maryland's Domenic Mediate netted the game-winner in the 72nd minute, while Chris Lancos tied an ACC Tournament individual-single game record with three assists in the game.
The Terrapins and Tar Heels played to a scoreless first half as both teams were evenly matched through the first 45 minutes of play. North Carolina and Maryland recorded four shots apiece, while the Terrapins held the edge on corner kicks at 3-2. Maryland's Noah Palmer and UNC's Ford Williams each registered a save in goal.
North Carolina broke through with the game's first goal at the 53:38 mark in the second half. The Tar Heels' Andrew Rhea connected on a free kick from just outside the box, placing the ball into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 UNC lead.
Maryland would equalize the score at 1-1 off a goal from Jason Garey, for his team leading 18th goal of the season. Lancos sent a deep pass into Garey who deposited the ball into the lower right portion of the net.
Less than a minute later, a Corey Ashe header gave the lead back to the Tar Heels. Marcus Storey set up the goal as he blasted a shot off the cross bar. UNC's Jamie Watson collected the ball and sent a cross into the box finding Ashe for the goal.
The lead would be short lived as the Terrapins tied the score at 2-2 in the 70th minute. Lancos was the goal scorer for Maryland as he headed a near side throw-in by Maryland's Kenney Bertz. It was Lancos' third goal of the season.
Mediate would tally the game-winner for the Terps less than two minutes later when he took a long serve from Lancos, played the ball off his chest and deposited the ball into the back of the net for a 3-2 Maryland lead.
Maryland solidified its trip to the ACC Championship final as Garey netted his second goal of the day and third of the tournament in the 81st minute. Lancos was credited with his third assist on the play, becoming just the fifth player in conference tournament history to record three assists in a game.
With the win Maryland moves to 15-4-1 on the season, while North Carolina falls to 10-8-2. Maryland and Virginia will meet in the championship final for the third consecutive season and for the fifth time overall. The Terrapins are 2-1-1 all-time against the Cavaliers in the ACC finals. Last year both teams played to a 1-1 tie as the Cavaliers would be crowned conference champs with a 7-6 win in penalty kicks.
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists 1. 53:38 NC Andrew Rhea (2) unassisted 2. 63:26 MD Jason Garey (18) Chris Lancos 3. 64:03 NC Corey Ashe (9) Jamie Watson 4. 69:31 MD Chris Lancos (3) Kenney Bertz 5. 71:17 MD Domenic Mediate (7) Chris Lancos 6. 80:48 MD Jason Garey (19) Chris Lancos
Shots: Maryland 14, North Carolina 10