Maryland finally wins a College Cup
AFTER MARYLAND lost to Indiana in double overtime last year in the NCAA soccer semifinals, Terps coach Sasho Cirovski got a call on his cellphone from Chris Seitz, then a senior goalkeeper at Thousand Oaks ( Calif.) High. Seitz told the coach not to worry, that next year when he was a freshman at Maryland, Cirovski--who also lost in the semis in 2002 and '03--would finally get his first national championship. It took some work on his part, but Seitz kept his word. He saved a penalty kick against New Mexico in Sunday's NCAA title game, preserving the Terps' 1-0 win and becoming the first freshman keeper to lead his team to the title since UCLA's Brad Friedel in 1990.
Maryland, which has had an astonishing run of bad luck in the College Cup--each of its three semifinal losses was by one goal--got a break on the game's only goal when Marc Burch's free kick took a deflection into the Lobos' net. But it was a deserved win; Maryland dictated the attack and outshot New Mexico 19-11. "We've come up short so many times," said Maryland forward Jason Garey, who led the nation with 22 goals. "But it was an unbelievable feeling today to see that clock tick down."