The Maryland soccer team began its season yesterday at home against Virginia the same way it finished last season. The Cavaliers won the ACC contest, 1-0, prevailing because a Terrapin penalty kick hit the crossbar and did not go in.
Maryland was 3-12 last season (0-6 in the ACC) and was shut out in its last six games.
Peter Polonsky, a Virginia forward, scored with 18:56 left. Polonsky, a 5-foot-9 senior from Hampton, kicked the ball in from five yards out off an assist from forward Steve Brunett.
"I was very fortunate," Polonsky said. "Our coach (Bruce Arena) said to be hungry around the mouth of the goal."
During the first half, both teams missed several scoring opportunities, although Virginia's Bill Wallace and Maryland's Lenny Wilkerson were excellent in the goals.
Maryland's best chance to score came during the second half, but halfback Ed Gauss' penalty kick hit the top of the crossbar. The Terps dominated in that half, outshooting the Cavaliers, 17-3.
"I wouldn't say they deserved to win and I wouldn't say we did either," said Virginia Coach Arena. "It was their opener and we knew it was going to be emotional."
About 450 spectators watched the 33rd meeting between these schools. Maryland's record against Virginia is 25-5-3.