Penalty Kicks Push Terps to 4-2 Win and Sweet Sixteen Appearance
The Maryland Terrapins soccer team advances to the sweet sixteen with win over Loyola on penalty kicks. The final score was 4-2. Al Santos/DC Sport Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Loyola Greyhounds played the Terps to a 0-0 tie after 90 minutes of regulation and extended their defense another 2 overtime periods to hold the Terps scoreless at home.  It came down to penalty kicks and the Terps emerged victorious over a local foe to advance to round 16 of the 2007 NCAA College Cup.

"It feels great to advance," remarker Maryland Head coach Sasho Cirovski.  "It was an extremely well played game. I thought the spirit of the game was exemplary and Loyola should be congratulated for how they played and the number of people they brought.  It made for a great college soccer atmosphere."

The Loyola faithful served as a 12th player on the field, but Ludwig field drew many Maryland students and alums to the pitch for this evenings playoff birth.

Maryland attacked at all opportunities and kept the tempo of the game solidly on the Loyola defensive side of the pitch, but solid performance from the Greyhound midfield and defenders kept the game competitive.  Although Maryland managed 8 shots in the first half, the Terps only achieved 2 penalty corners.  3 of Maryland's 8 shots in the first half found the keeper, and Greyhound goalie Milos Kocic was called on 3 times to pick up the save.

The second half belong to Maryland even though the score ended in a 0-0 tie.  The Terps were constantly on the offensive and challenged the Greyhounds relentlessly.  Maryland took 8 shots, several of which occurred in the final 15 minutes of regulation.

Loyola seemed unable to find a foot on the ball in the second half and only mustered 1 shot.  The Greyhounds failed to reach the corner post in all 90 minutes of regulation.
  
Maryland seemed poised to strike in the final 120 seconds of the game with Zusi on the corner post 3 times and the Maryland veterans at the middle of the field.  Inbound passes and corner kicks failed to find the back of the net despite several opportunities.

In overtime the Terps shot twice on 1 corner kick but failed to find the back of the net.  Freshman keeper #21 Will Swaim guarded the net but was not called upon to make clutch saves down the stretch.

Tied 0 a piece after 2 overtimes the Terps and Greyhounds went to a shootout situation.  This was very little surprise given the 10 year history of the two teams: Loyola only put 3 points on the board in previous matchups.

In the shootout Terrapin senior Spencer Allen struck first and led the Terps to a 4-2 win over Loyola.

The Terps host the Bradley Braves in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen on Saturday, December 1 at 6pm at Ludwig Field.