Oct. 5, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Patrick Mullins' first half goal was the difference as No. 1 Maryland remained unbeaten in 2012 with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The first half was controlled by Maryland, who asserted their early advantage when Schillo Tshuma's dangerous cross was blocked by a Virginia defender.
The Terps converted their dominance into a goal when Tshuma's flick-on header allowed Mullins to get behind the Virginia backline, and convert. The goal was Mullins' sixth of the season, and his team leading 12th point on the year.
Maryland poured on the attack after halftime looking for a decisive second tally. The Virginia defense was able to thwart multiple Maryland attacks with excellent play from keeper Spencer LaCivita, who ended the game with six saves.
Sunny Jane had the best chance of the half for the Terrapins, his 39th minute strike acrobatically saved by LaCivita.
Maryland held a dominant 17-4 shot advantage over Virginia, including seven from Mullins.
With the win, the Terrapins avenged last season's 2-1 loss to Virginia, a game Maryland also entered undefeated.
"I think it was a great win. It was typical of a Maryland-Virginia game, intense and competitive," head coach Sasho Cirovski. "I was really pleased with our overall defending. I think that was probably our most complete defensive effort of the year. To hold Virginia to so few chances with all the quality attacking players they have I thought was a credit to our team."
Maryland returns to action when they take on Rutgers Tuesday night at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live on TerpsTV Premium.