COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Mikias Eticha’s beautiful second half strike proved to be the difference as the No. 1 seeded Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Boston College 2-0 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins (11-3-5) piled on the pressure from the opening whistle against the Eagles (7-9-2). Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh added an insurance goal late in the second half and the Terps tallied 20 shots on the night.
Senior Patrick Mullins’ attempt in the opening moments was the start of a shot barrage in the first half for the Terps. Sunny Jane, David Kabelik and Endoh all had prime opportunities to open the scoring, but the Terps were unable to breakthrough in the first 45 minutes.
Boston College keeper Alex Kapp starred in the first half, notching five of his seven saves in the opening stanza.
An individual moment of brilliance from Eticha broke down the BC defense in the 52nd minute. The junior dribbled the ball onto his left foot and unleashed a spectacular strike from 25 yards that found the upper left corner. The goal was Eticha’s first of the season.
Endoh put the game to rest in the 72nd minute. Freshman Michael Sauers served the ball into the Tokyo native, who volleyed the ball past Kapp for his third goal of the year.
The Terp defense had another solid game in front of freshman keeper Zack Steffen. Chris Odoi-Atsem, Mikey Ambrose, Jereme Raley and Suli Dainkeh allowed just six BC shots and continually stopped any Eagle advances into the Terps’ half of the field.
"I thought defensively we were locked in and focused throughout," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Boston College is an extremely dynamic counterattacking team and Zeiko Lewis is a handful. I thought we did a good of snuffing out those counters and were in good spots the whole time.
"In the second half we came out and really took over the game on the attacking side. We were sharper with the ball, made better runs and had them under constant pressure. It’s a very good win at the beginning of an arduous ACC tournament."
The Terrapins will stay close to home for their ACC semifinal matchup with Clemson. The Terps and Tigers will square off at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., Friday. Coverage of the game can also be seen on ESPN3.com.
ACC Men's Soccer Championship Returns to Germantown
• The ACC Men's Soccer Championship returns to the Maryland SoccerPlex for the second consecutive season Nov. 15 and 17 in Germantown.
• Maryland will provide free transportation and tickets to the first 200 students who RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at noon.
• The eight-team tournament will culminate with the semifinals and finals at Maryland SoccerPlex. Tickets can be purchased by visiting tickets.mdsoccerplex.org or by calling (301) 528-1480.