#13 Terps Battle Duke Friday Night at Ludwig

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The No. 13 Maryland men’s soccer team hosts Duke in a highly-anticipated final conference showdown Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Ticket Information

• Season tickets for Maryland women's and men's soccer matches are available online by clicking here. Tickets for 10 women's and 10 men's matches are just $69 for adults and $39 for youth or seniors.

• Tickets for the upcoming, highly-anticipated Maryland-Duke match are available also online by clicking here. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth or seniors.

Event Multimedia

• Fans can watch Friday's battle vs. Duke live on

• Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Men’s Soccer Twitter feed, so "Follow" to get updates sent straight to you.

Live stats are also available.

Men’s Soccer LIVE on TerpsTV

• Every Maryland men's soccer home match – with the exception of the Duke contest which will be shown on - will be streamed live on TerpsTV Premium in 2013. Fans will be able to watch all of the action from anywhere by subscribing to TerpsTV.

• A subscription to TerpsTV also includes live events for women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball in the fall, as well as weekly football press conferences and live events during the winter and spring seasons.

Promotion Schedule

• Maryland would like to see YOU at Ludwig Field this season! See the Terps game day promotion schedule below. Make sure to check back often as promotion dates and details are subject to change. For more information contact Jordan Looby by phone at (301) 314-7162 or email

• Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Duke – Crew Night, ACC Championship recognition

• Sunday, Sept. 8 vs. VCU – Camper Day

• Tuesday, Sept. 24 vs. Old Dominion – High School Team Day, Terrapin Tuesdays

• Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh – ACC/Pitt Welcome, Indian Guides

• Tuesday, Oct. 1 vs. Tulsa – Terrapin Tuesdays, Boy Scout Night

• Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Boston College – Residential Halls Challenge, Terrapin Club Night

• Tuesday, Oct. 15 vs. Marshall – Indian Guides, Power in Pink, Terrapin Tuesdays

• Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Wake Forest – Red Out, Alumni Night, Pride Game

• Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. Drexel – Terrapin Tuesdays, International Night

• Friday, Nov. 1 vs. NC State – Senior Night, ACC Farewell Game, MVP Night, High School

Scouting The Terps

• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.

2013 Maryland Terrapins: 0-1-1, 0-0-0 ACC
(Soccer America #14, NSCAA #13, #13)
2013 Statistics
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• Included in that mix of returning starters is 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins. The New Orleans, product was the ACC Offensive Most Valuable Player, registering team-highs in goals (17), assists (10) and points (44). Sophomore Schillo Tshuma will be looked upon to generate scoring as well after tallying 10 goals in 2012.

• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with returning starters Dan Metzger and Sunny Jane and spot starters Tsubasa Endoh, Jereme Raley and Mikias Eticha back this season.

• Sophomores Mikey Ambrose and Dakota Edwards registered 22 and 23 starts, respectively, a year ago and look to lead the backline in 2013.

• There is a four-way battle in goal for the starting position as Keith Cardona, Jordan Tatum, Cody Niedermeier and rookie Zack Steffen will fight for time at keeper. Steffen is the early favorite to win the starting spot.

Scouting The Blue Devils

• Duke enters Friday’s match with a 1-0-1 record after tying Rutgers and topping Northeastern.

2013 Duke Blue Devils: 1-0-1, 0-0-0 ACC
(Soccer America NR, NSCAA NR, NR)
2013 Statistics

• Zach Mathers leads the Blue Devil offense with two of the team’s three goals. Sean Davis accounts for the other goal.

• The Blue Devils return 10 starters from their 2012 unit. Duke’s backline is an experienced bunch with seniors Rob Dolot and Sebastien Ibeagha anchoring the lineup with juniors Jack Coleman and Nat Eggleston.

• Maryland leads the all-time series 46-22-3 including a 2-1 victory in Durham a year ago.

What We Learned: Week One

#1 Jake Pace is Really, Really Good

Not that we didn’t already know he was pretty darn good before this season, but it appears Pace is ready to assume not only a leadership role as a senior captain, but also a large presence in Maryland’s offense.

Pace – who won gold with Team USA at the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer – notched an equalizing goal late in both matches in California last weekend to force overtime at Stanford and California. Pace earned a start in the match against the Golden Bears.

#2 Ryan Reid’s Brother is a 49er

Ryan Reid, a redshirt freshman who grew up in Baton Rouge, La., was paid a visit by his older brother and rookie safety Eric Reid at the Terps’ match at Stanford on Friday night. Eric was an All-American at LSU before being drafted by San Francisco in the first round.

Eric was recently tabbed San Francisco’s starting safety for its season opener against Green Bay.

Ryan comes from a very athletic family – his father also ran track at LSU. While running on his home track at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in his final collegiate race at LSU in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1987 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Reid became the first Tiger in program history to be crowned the national champion in the event.

#3 The Defense is Crazy Young

Maryland utilized a starting lineup consisting of four rookie defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal on Sunday afternoon.  It was the second straight start for Alex Crognale, Suli Dainkeh and Zack Steffen. Joining that trio for the Cal match was Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers, who also saw significant time on Friday vs. Stanford.

Fear not, Terp fans. While this unit is young, it is full of talent and is poised to only get better as the season progresses.

Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll

• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.

• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.

Maryland/Duke – The 2012 Meeting

• The No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team outdueled Duke 2-1 to stay perfect in conference play Oct. 12 in Durham.

• John Stertzer and Christiano Francois netted first half goals for Maryland and a stingy defensive effort halted an accelerated Duke attack in the second half to lead the Terps to their 10th straight victory on the year. The Terps outshot Duke 19-8 in the match.

Cali Kickoff

• Maryland played back-to-back overtime matches when it tied Stanford and fell to California last weekend.

• The Terps battled from two down to net a tie against the Cardinal on Friday. Patrick Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace scored for Maryland.

• At Cal on Sunday, Pace slotted the equalizer late in the second period to lift the Terps to extra stanzas. Tshuma also recorded a goal for Maryland.

Mullins Tabbed to MAC Hermann Watch List

• Patrick Mullins was one of 34 players named to the 2013 MAC Hermann Watch List.

• Mullins became only the second Terrapin to win the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2012.  A forward from New Orleans, Mullins led Maryland’s high-scoring attack with 17 goals and 10 assists as a junior.

• He tallied seven game-winners to lead the Terps to the best winning percentage in the country (20-1-3).

Meet the New Kids on the Block

• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.

• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.

• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.

Terps Capture 2012 ACC Championship

• Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 to win its third title in five seasons at the 2012 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.

• The Terps picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to win their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

• 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament squad by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards.

Youth Nation

• Maryland started four freshmen defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal on Sunday.

• Michael Sauers, Alex Crognale, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh all notched starts in the backline while Zack Steffen earned his second consecutive start in goal.

All Eyes on Sept. 6

• Maryland will open its regular season with a battle against ACC rival Duke Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

• Two years ago, Maryland set the attendance record at Ludwig when it welcomed Duke Oct. 14.  7,957 fans showed up to watch the Terps drop the Blue Devils 4-2.

• The Terps are anticipating a sellout crowd when the Blue Devils head to College Park for a final conference meeting.

Terrapin Dynasty


• Maryland has seven College Cup appearances in the last 15 years, tied for most in the country.

• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 12 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.

• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.

• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).

• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.

In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament

• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 11. The second-most on that elite list is five.

• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.