No. 5 seed Duke survives late-game rally to hold off No. 1 seed Maryland in ACC Semifinals
Nov. 11, 2005
CARY, N.C. - Fifth-seeded Duke built a 3-0 lead and withstood a late Maryland rally to knock off the top-seeded Terrapins in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship on Friday, 4-2.
Maryland scored twice in the last eight minutes to trim Duke's lead to 3-2, but the Blue Devils' Spencer Wadsworth quelled any thoughts of a comeback by scoring with just 55 seconds remaining for the final margin.
With the Blue Devils holding a late 3-0 lead, Maryland made things interesting with a pair of goals in the waning minutes. Jason Garey got the Terrapins on the board in the 83rd minute, taking a thru ball from Robbie Rogers at the top of the box and beating Duke goalkeeper Justin Papadakis one-on-one.
Maryland added another score just 5:20 later, when Rogers nodded home a corner kick to draw the Terrapins within one. Chris Lancos took the kick and found Kenney Bertz on the back post. Bertz headed the ball to Rogers, who headed the ball home with just 2:13 remaining.
Duke's Blake Camp staked the Blue Devils to an early 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals just 2:16 apart in the first half. After Zach Pope was fouled just outside the Maryland 18-yard box, Camp bent in the direct free kick to the right side at the 12:47 mark.
Camp added another score just minutes later, heading home Darrius Barnes' throw-in from just six yards out. Barnes threw the ball in from about 15 yards off the endline, and Camp was there to nod it home to put Duke up by a pair.
Maryland nearly got a goal back in the 35th minute, but was stymied by an outstanding defensive play by Duke defender Brad Ramsey. The Terrapins earned a corner kick, and Michael Dello-Russo put a ball in the box that Maurice Edu headed toward the lower right corner of the goal. Ramsey was positioned perfectly on the far post, and cleared the ball away before it could cross the line.
Duke added to its lead in the 49th minute, when Pope got free in the Maryland backfield and placed a shot lower left to put the Blue Devils up 3-0. Spencer Wadsworth picked up an assist on the play, as he threaded a pass through the Terrapin defense and found a streaking Pope alone in the middle of the field. Pope dribbled into the box and tucked a curling shot just inside the far post.
With fifth-seeded Duke advancing to face either No. 6 North Carolina or No. 7 Clemson in the finals on Sunday, the tournament champion will be the lowest seed ever. No team seeded lower than fourth has ever won the ACC Championship.
Duke advances to the finals for the fifth time overall, and first since 1999, when the Blue Devils won their only championship.