Terps 2007 College Cup Hopes Dashed With 3-2 Double Overtime Loss to Bradley
Maryland keeper #21 Will Swaim misses a redirected headshot with 1:31 remaining double overtime, leading to Maryland's 3-2 loss to Bradley in the third round of the 2007 NCAA tournament held at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on December 1, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapins pursuit of the 2007 College Cup came to a heartbreaking end this evening when the Terps fell 3-2 to Bradley in double overtime in the third round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Maryland dominated the first half and maintained a solid 2 point advantage all the way up through the final 2 minutes of regulation, but failed to close out the match and send the Braves home pointless.

"We played a perfect first half and a very good second half.  But for the last few minutes Bradley was able to do what they do best, which is score off of scrums and persistence," remarked Maryland Head Coach Sasho Cirovski.

Maryland opened the match with solid offensive plays and nearly scored 10 minutes in when junior Michael Marchiano found freshman Rodney Wallace breaking on the left hand side of the field.  Wallace passed to Jeremy Hall who blasted a shot from not more than 10 yards out but keeper Mike Haynes came up with the save.

Terrapin persistence paid off in the 17th minute when Spencer Allen forwarded a ball into the box.  A Bradley defender intercepted the ball and attempted to clear, but his pass went directly into the feet of senior Stephen King.  King reacted perfectly, and took control of the ball and dished to Wallace on the left who took a shot and beat a startled Mike Haynes.  With Wallace's goal the Terps were up 1-0 and had the momentum.
With 17 minutes remaining the first half Maryland notched it's second goal when Drew Yates set up a free kick after a foul.  Graham Zusi took the kick and sent the ball into the box.  Omar Gonzalez broke free from the Bradley defenders and sent in a head shot that beat Haynes, putting the Terps up 2-0.

Heading into halftime all indications were strong that the Terps could finish out the match with several additional points.  The Terps controlled the pitch during the first half, outshooting Bradley 14-2, and out cornering the Braves 4-0.

The second half played much like the first, with Maryland controlling the tempo of the game.  Bradley came close to scoring with 19:38 remaining in regulation when Chris Cutshaw got open in the box. Maryland keeper Will Swaim came off the line to get an angle on Cutshaw while Cutshaw fired shot that just barely flew above the net.

Bradley's pressure continued and in the 88th minute the Braves managed to find the back of the net.  Several Bradley players surrounded the ball when it was low in the box.  Drew DeGurian emerged from the melee with a shot that hit the back of the net with 2:31 remaining in regulation.

The Braves bench and fans erupted in celebration as the momentum turned in the final minute.  With less than a minute to play the Braves scored the equalizer when another scramble inside the box caused confusion amongst the Maryland defenders and freshman keeper Will Swaim.  This time it was Cutshaw who came up with the ball and the shot with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Bradley's first opportunity to finish the game came 2:32 into overtime when Brad Bigelow took a shot from 22 yards out that dinged off the crossbar.  A rattled Terrapin team regrouped and controlled the remaining 8 minutes of the first overtime.  Maryland mustered 4 shots but none managed to find the back of the net.

The second overtime also belonged to Maryland, as the Terps set out to control the pace from the start.  Stephen King and Billy Cortes took shots, but neither resulted in the gamewinner.

Much like regulation, with time winding off the clock and heavy traffic in the box, the Braves managed to score.  Paul Tracy dribbled the ball along the left hand side of the field and sent in a cross to Cutshaw who made a run.  Cutshaw redirected the ball with a header that floated over Will Swaim's right shoulder and into the back of the net.

The Terrapin's wrapped up their season at 10-6-5 with their loss the Bradley.  The Braves advance to play either Ohio State or Santa Barbara next weekend.