Maryland Tops Boston College to Advance to ACC Championship Match
Nov. 14, 2008
CARY, N.C. - On a soggy field in which goals were nearly impossible to come by, Maryland broke through against Boston College in most unlikely fashion to post a 1-0 win in Friday night's first Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship semifinal match.
The second-seeded Terps got on the board by virtue of a BC own-goal with 12:35 to play, and that proved the difference as Maryland moved on to Sunday's 1 p.m. championship contest to face the winner of Friday night's match between Wake Forest and Virginia.
"We're obviously very delighted for the victory and to play on Sunday," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski. "It's been too long (since the Terps' last championship game appearance in 2004). I thought we moved the ball well. We had some pretty good chances."
Maryland's winning score was set up by forward Jason Herrick, who drilled a hard shot on goal that was deflected by Eagles keeper Chris Brown. But the ball caromed off BC freshman back Patrick Chin into the back of the netting.
Maryland (17-3) held the lead the rest of the way and to assure freshman goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who recorded three saves, of his seventh save of the season. Brown recorded four saves for the third-seeded Eagles (10-7-2), who fell short in their bid for a second straight ACC Championship title. The final score mirrored the regular-season meeting between the teams, which saw Maryland win 1-0 at College Park on Sept. 12.
"Both teams played a good game and we had our chances, but just caught a few bad bounces," said Boston College coach Ed Kelly. "Chris (Brown) had a couple good saves which kept us in the game. Overall, it was a well played game and the ball just didn't bounce our way."
Maryland held an 11-8 edge in shots on goal and led 3-1 on corner kicks.
"Chris Brown showed why he was first-team All-ACC," said the Terps' Cirvoski. "They're a very good team, and very experienced defensively. Tonight it was tough to create chances because there wasn't a lot of space. This is a tournament where you have to be very good defensively. Our team defense was very good. I thought both teams played a very clean, hard game and the spirit was very good."
The championship game will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. The ACC men's soccer awards ceremony will be held immediately following the title game.