Glen Buchanan headed in a corner kick with 10 seconds to play to beat Maryland, 1-0, in a soccer game at American University yesterday.
From the top of the box, Buchanan rushed in and outleaped two defenders to sharply head in a left-side corner kick from Vasken Demirjian.
"The ball was supposed to go to the near post, but it's my job to fill the hole if it goes too far," said Buchanan, a 6-foot-2 sophomore. "It (the header) felt good. But I had my doubts whether we would win this game. We didn't play well and we're just unlucky."
The victory raised the Eagles' record to 2-3. It was the fourth straight time they have held the Terrapins (1-2) scoreless.
"I knew one goal would win this game," said American Coach Pete Mehlert, whose team has had several injuries. "I thought we had the combination, but we didn't play well today. We couldn't finish."
The Eagles held a 17-12 advantage in shots and carried play most of the game. In the second half, they got off 13 shots and seldom allowed Maryland's long-ball offense past midfield. But near the goal they did not play with coordination and were easily ridden off the ball by an aggressive defense.
Buchanan's goal spoiled what was otherwise an excellent game by goalkeeper Jim Miller. The 6-foot freshman made six saves and came off his line well, repeatedly punching crosses out of the box.