Well, the undefeated and number one Terps slogged it out against the second ranked Tar Heels on a rainy wet Ludwig field Friday night and since one overtime game wasn't enough for the weekend Maryland took it to the 99th minute before Schillo Tshuma knocked in a ball off the foot of Patrick Mullins to giver the Terps the 1-0 win. The game kicked off in a heavy rain that continued intermittently throughout the half. The Terps went on the attack early putting pressure on NC's vaunted defense from the start with Tshuma getting a good opportunity in the second minute on a shot that sailed just high. Patrick Mullins continued the attack with a shot that was saved by Carolina goalie Scott Goodwin. The rain and soggy field clearly influenced the play slowing the ball and the players and the officials let the teams play in a quite physical match. The Terps went on a flurry in the 15th minute and had great opportunities to score but Goodwin and his defense were up to the task with the goalie saving Mullins' second shot, the defense knocking away Stertzer's try on the rebound and Goodwin able to save Mullins second shot in the sequence. Maryland kept up the pressure and earned a corner about a minute later but were unable to capitalize. The Terps did everything but knock the ball in the goal in the first the half out shooting Carolina 7-1 and earning 2 corners to the Heels none. Goodwin managed 4 saves while Maryland goalie Keith Cardona was not tested.
Maryland continued pressing its attack in the second half earning two corners in the first 8 minutes but were still not able to break through. The second half was generally dryer but every bit as physical with the officials handing out 2 yellow cards. The men in black had several more chances to score without any real threat from the baby blues until a counter attack after a failed corner in the 79th minute resulted in Cardona's first save of the game. As lightning flashed around the field, Maryland earned a corner in the 88th minute but Carolina was able to counter attack off Tshuma's missed header earning a penalty kick in the 89th minute when the refs ruled that Rob Lovejoy was taken down in the box. Cardona came up with magnificent saves on both the initial shot and the rebound. Patrick Mullins hit the post with a shot with about 30 seconds remaining in regulation but the game ended with the teams tied 0-0.
Unlike the first and second halves, Carolina came out the aggressor in the overtime with Andy Craven hitting the post with a shot in the 93rd minute. Tshuma countered with a shot that went wide in the 97th minute before redirecting Mullins' attempt from about 3 yards for the game winner with just 1:51 remaining in the first OT. The Crew went wild.
Down in Chapel Hill the story was not as rosy for the volleyball team. Still beset by injury and quite shorthanded the Terps 10-10 Terps faced off against the 15-4 Tar Hells. The Heels came out blazing in the first set racing out to leads of 8-3, 13-5, and 16-7. Trailing 17-10 the Terps went on a run fueled largely by the serving os Ashleigh Crutcher eventually pulling into the lead at 23-22. They were unable to get to a set point and UNC was able to close out the set 27-25. Maryland opened the second set with a kill by Crutcher and the teams traded points in the early part of the second set with Maryland opening a 9-7 lead and UNC coming back to lead 14-12. However, once ahain behind Crutcher's serving, the Terps were able to rally to a 19-15 led and hold on to the working margin to close out the set 25-22.
As they had done in the first set, the Terps dug themselves a hole at the beginning of set 3 falling behind 13-5. Some nice serving by freshman Dani Bozzini got Maryland withing 5 at 13-8 but were able to come no closer as UNC closed out the set 25-19. The fourth set was more of the same. UNC sprinted out to an 11-5 lead but behind a great serving run by freshman Amy Dion Maryland was able to even the match at 12. The Terps appeared to run out of gas from that point on and Caroln rolled to a 25-17 win dropping the Terps to 10-11 on the season. Junior Libero Sarah Harper led the team in digs with 20, freshman Mackenzie Dagostino continued her stellar play recording another double double with 34 assists and 14 digs. The Heels held Adreene Elliott to .304 hitting percentage.
Look for another post Saturday night. I'll be at field hockey at one pm (I hope lots of you will join me) before I trundle across campus to Byrd for Yow Bowl 3 and I expect I will have a report from my sources in Raleigh about volleyball match number 2. I will leave the football writing to Ben and Pete.