Maryland beats Penn, 4-0, in second round of NCAA men's soccer tournament

Terps use experience advantage to advance

they host Penn State next

November 21, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — After winning his two national titles, Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski placed a goal from each championship site near a corner of Ludwig Field as a reminder of the team's lofty expectations each season.

With 11 members of the 2008 national championship team on the roster, the Terrapins are in the hunt for an additional title as the second overall seed in this season's NCAA men's soccer championship. In Sunday's second-round game against Penn, they dominated from the opening whistle and scored three first-half goals en route to a 4-0 victory before an announced 2,401.

Maryland (18-2-1) increased its winning streak to 14 games. The Terps, who also won the national championship in 1968 and 2005, host a third-round game Sunday against Penn State, a 4-1 winner over Old Dominion.

"I'm very happy with the overall performance of our team today. It was a complete performance," Cirovski said. "We did all the things we needed to do. We got the first goal in the early part of the game. The third goal right before the half was really a good goal to kill some of their spirit. It allowed us to manage the game in the second half the way we did."

The Terrapins were playing in their 10th consecutive NCAA tournament, while Penn (13-6) has made nine overall since 1969. Maryland's experience showed early as defender John Stertzer slotted in a close-range pass from senior Jason Herrick just 8:03 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

"I just found myself in a good position," said Stertzer, a sophomore.

The Terps are 16-0 this season when they score the first goal. They also have a nation's-best 57 goals.

The Terrapins increased the lead to 2-0 on a penalty kick by junior Matt Kassel after junior Casey Townsend was pulled down in the penalty area in the 25th minute. Greg Young, a senior, made it 3-0 on his first career goal when he knocked in a free kick from Kassel in the 43rd minute.

"I've been feeling good and am a lot lighter on my feet," Kassel said. "The break we had this week really helped me. With a penalty kick or a free kick, I always say, you have to step up and be confident."

Penn's Christian Barreiro (Calvert Hall) created several chances for the Quakers off corner kicks early in the second half, but the Maryland defense refused to budge. Travis Cantrell had Penn's best opportunity with 18 minutes remaining, but his point-blank half volley was stopped by junior goalie Zac MacMath, who earned his 14th shutout.

"Everybody has just responded well, and everyone has confident in each other," MacMath said. "We know we'll make the plays."

Freshman Patrick Mullins added Maryland's fourth goal in the 87th minute from 10 yards.

Goals: M—Stertzer, Kassel, Young, Mullins. Assists: M—Herrick, Kassel. Saves: P—Berg 4; M—MacMath 4. Half: M, 3-0.

William & Mary 0, UMBC 0 (W&M advances on penalty kicks 4-3): The Retrievers' most successful men's soccer season ever ended as the No. 9 Tribe (15-3-3) moved on to the third round of the tournament on penalty kicks after a scoreless double-overtime draw.

In the 66th minute, UMBC (12-4-4) had the match's best opportunity to score, as Levi Houapeu was taken down in the box by William & Mary keeper Andrew McAdams. A penalty kick was awarded, but McAdams saved the shot at the high middle part of the net, and the Retrievers forward's rebound effort went over the net.

Junior midfielder Andrew Bulls (McDonogh) opened penalty kicks with a score, but the Tribe evened it after one round. Then Houapeu tried to pick a similar spot, but McAdams again denied the kick.

The Tribe made their next three attempts, despite goalkeeper Dan Louisignau's getting his hand on the second shot. Chris Williams (Calvert Hall) and Daniel Welsh converted their attempts, but UMBC trailed 4-3 after four rounds. John Paul Waraksa, who scored the deciding penalty kick in the conference title game eight days ago, fired high of the mark and the Tribe survived UMBC's upset bid.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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