NEWTON, Mass. - The No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team toppled #24 Boston College 4-0 Friday night to pick up its first conference win of the 2012 season.
The Terps (3-0-1) once again showcased a balanced attack with four different players notching goals, including freshmen Christiano Francois and Schillo Tshuma and redshirt juniors Jake Pace and Widner Saint Cyr. The defense, led by three saves from Keith Cardona, picked up its third shutout against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Maryland was forced to battle the elements for the third time this season when a severe thunderstorm delayed play for a little over an hour. With both offenses fairly stagnant through the first 20 minutes of the match, Cardona would make the first big play for the Terps. The sophomore's leaping save off a Kyle Bekker strike to the upper 90 was punched out to keep the game scoreless.
Francois put Maryland on the board approximately 15 minutes later with his first collegiate goal in the 39th minute. The freshman's effort to wrestle the ball from the backline was ultimately rewarded with a goal from 10 yards to the far post.
Tshuma gave Maryland a 2-0 lead early in the second half after his shot from dead center beat Luthy to his left at 48:11. Patrick Mullins fed Sunny Jane from about 25 yards before Jane found Tshuma up the middle for the score.
Pace became Maryland's third player to notch a goal in the Terps' ACC opener with an absolute blast from just inside the 18 in the game's 70th minute. Francois was credited with the assist.
The Terps finalized scoring with its 11th unanswered goal since a John Stertzer penalty kick against UCLA last Friday with a Saint Cyr rocket at 80:11.
"It was a great team effort. This is always a tough place to play well and get a result," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Tonight we had contributions from everybody. I'm really proud of the maturity the players showed with the rain delay to stay tuned in. I knew they were ready for this game and they showed it."
Maryland returns home for a midweek match against UMBC on Tuesday.