Maryland 4, Southern Methodist
Maryland 4, Southern Methodist 1Dec. 9, 2005
CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Jason Garey scored two goals in an NCAA tournament-record 15-second span and top-seeded Maryland beat SMU 4-1 Friday to advance to the championship game of the NCAA College Cup.
Maryland, which has won more games than any other NCAA team on its way to four consecutive trips to the soccer semifinals, will face either Clemson or New Mexico in Sunday's championship game.
Maryland first goal came 2 minutes before halftime, when Graham Zusi extended his right foot and connected on an airborne cross from the left wing.
Garey's goals came less than 2 minutes after the break. Robbie Rogers found room along the left wing and sent a cross to the back post where A.J. Godbolt headed the ball down for Garey, who scored at 46:41.
Seconds after the ensuing restart, a pass intended to lead Garey on a run toward the SMU goal caromed off the heel of Mustangs defender Mynor Gonzalez, and Garey beat goalkeeper Matt Wideman at 46:56.
Mark Bedics, NCAA assistant director of media coordination and championships, said the NCAA regular-season record for two goals by a player is 9 seconds. Bedics said records show nothing close to two goals in 15 seconds in postseason games.
SMU's Dario Saintus tripped Maurice Edu in the penalty area and referee Eric Simmons awarded a penalty kick in the 50th minute. Maryland's Stephen King made it 4-0 when he converted the spot kick for his 15th goal of the year.
The Terrapins' scoring flurry helped set a team record of 65 goals for the season, breaking the previous record of 62 goals set last year. Garey moved ahead of Campbell's Willy Guadarrama as the top scorer in the nation with 22 goals this season. Garey also is Maryland's career leader with 60 goals.
SMU scored when Paulo da Silva pounced on a loose ball in a nearly deserted penalty area. He fell as he swung his foot into a shot and the ball bounced off a Maryland defender and past goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
Wideman finished with three saves. Seitz had five.
-- Courtesy Associated Press