Really. I'm not going to write a summary as I usually would. I simply can't bring myself to write about another OT loss in a final four game. And that's one of the nice thing about blogging as opposed to being a paid reporter. There's no need for objectivity and if I don't want to write aboutit, I don't have to. (Personal pronoun and passive voice use are also nice benefits.) I am going to opine about a few elements. The first goal by Tshuma was a thing of beauty. A couple of crisp passes and header, header goal. The tying goal by Christiano was a remarkable one on one effort. He kept his balance after being shoved from behind and still managed to knock the ball just inside the near post.
Looking at the game as a fan, I thought Maryland got screwed on at least 2 and possibly three calls that should have give the Terps chances to win in regulation. The first came on a corner I think in the 84th minute (sorry if my recollections aren't as sharp as usual, I was drinking beer at Looney's) when it looked as though Georgetown defenders pulled the shirts of about 3 Maryland players right in front of the goal(Correction: pulled Jake Pace's shirt). This should have been a penalty kick and a yellow card. The second came a bit later in the second OT on the take down of Patrick Mullins by the Hoya goalie. I didn't think wrestling moves were permissible in soccer. The third was another no call deep in the GT third that sent Sasho flying off the handle(which, watching the replay looked like the right call).
I'd like someone who knows soccer better than I to look particularly at the Mullins play and tell me why that was not a foul. As I write this, Indiana leads Creighton 1-0 in about the 68th minute of the second semi final. Should they hold on, I will be pulling for MD's soon to be conference mates on Sunday. Should they not, I'll root for Creighton.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Sasho and the Terps for a great season.