CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Maryland men's soccer team won't have to leave its home state for a long time - and after another poor start on the road last night, it's probably a good thing for the Terrapins.
For the fourth straight road game the No. 2 Terps let their opponent score first - this time No. 6 Virginia went up early. After their first-half goal, the Cavaliers scored twice more and beat the Terps, 3-0, before 3,618 at Klock- ner Stadium.
"We've played five games on the road in front of an average of 4,500 people," Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Every game we're getting the energy, the excitement and all the other stuff that goes along with the game. It's hard enough playing a very good Virginia team."
First-half goals have hurt the Terps in Atlantic Coast Conference road games. Before playing Virginia last night, in Maryland's three ACC road games, the Terps let up a goal within the opening 15 minutes of each game. In the three games Maryland was 1-1-1.
Against Virginia (12-2, 4-2 ACC), it looked at first as if the Terps (10-2-1, 3-2-1) would end their nagging habit of letting up the early goal. The defense started with solid play before lapsing later on, and the offense created a quality chance within the opening minutes but failed to do much the rest of the game.
In the 29th minute the Cavaliers scored on the remnants of a corner kick. They scored again a little more than three minutes later. Their final goal came in the 79th minute.
The good news for the Terps is that they play their final five regular-season games at home and then play the ACC tournament in Germantown.