No. 5 Terps prevail in double OT over Eagles

BOYDS — BOYDS -- For long stretches of Maryland's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal against Boston College last night, the Terps' attack went down the left flank, through Graham Zusi.

In the 104th minute, the sophomore delivered for the Terps, as he redirected a cross from Maurice Edu for a 1-0 double-overtime victory at the Maryland SoccerPlex.


Zusi's golden goal was his team-leading 10th of the season, and it sends No. 5 Maryland up against No. 9 Duke in tomorrow's second semifinal here at 8 p.m. Wake Forest, No. 1 in the NSCAA/Adidas rankings, meets No. 3 Virginia in the earlier semifinal at 5:30.

With fourth-seeded Maryland (15-3-1) in Boston College's end, freshman back Omar Gonzalez sent a throw-in to the left corner, where Edu beat one defender and rocketed a ball toward the goal box. The Eagles failed to put a body on Zusi, who got it past goalie Chris Brown with 6:26 left in the second overtime.


"I got it with both thighs," Zusi said. "Mo [Edu] hit it with such pace, all I had to do was redirect it."

The outcome was revenge for the defending NCAA champions.

Boston College (8-7-2) had placed the biggest blemish on Maryland's regular season, as the Eagles' 3-1 romp Oct. 14 was the Terps' first loss in two years at Ludwig Field, where they enjoy one of the strongest home-field advantages in college soccer.

A strong breeze was the dominant force in the rematch.

The Eagles had the wind in the first half, when they outshot Maryland 9-2. The Terps played on their heels in the first 30 minutes, as BC showed that there's more to its attack than ACC Offensive Player of the Year Charlie Davies, who had two goals and an assist in the Eagles' regular-season conquest.

Maryland was just as dangerous in the first 30 minutes of the second half, when Zusi continually served teammates who failed to convert. ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Seitz needed eight saves to get his ninth shutout.

Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia, the top three seeds in that order, advanced in front of 6,312 at the first ACC tournament on state soil. The Montgomery County facility is some 30 miles northwest of College Park.


Boston College 0 0 0 0 - 0

Maryland 0 0 0 1 - 1

Goal: M-Zusi. Assists: M-Edu, Gonzalez. Saves: BC-Brown 3; M-Seitz 8.