Sept. 4, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Sasho Cirovski secured victory number 300 as the No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team defeated Radford, 2-1, Sunday at Ludwig Field.
After a bit of jostling from both sides, the Terps opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Stertzer played a through ball to Mullins. The sophomore took a touch on the ball and ripped a shot past Highlander goalkeeper Dane Wilson to put Maryland ahead.
Stertzer continued to give the Radford (1-2-0) defense problems and just 11 minutes later chipped a perfect pass to a streaking Townsend. Similar to the Mullins goal, the senior blasted a strike from the same spot and the Terrapin lead was doubled.
The Radford offense did not yield, however, and created multiple chances of its own in the second half.
After missing on a rocket that careened off the inside of the woodwork, Radford midfielder Anthony Payne capitalized on a low drive to bring the Highlanders within one in the 62nd minute.
Radford was stymied by the Maryland defense for the final half hour, though, and Terrapin goalkeeper Will Swaim and the rest of the backline held sturdy to protect the win.
The Maryland victory vaults Cirovski into 10th all-time amongst active NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches.
"I would like to thank all my former players and assistants for helping contribute to this program," Cirovski, who now possesses a 300-125-29 record, said. "I think this is a collaborative team effort. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears from my former players and coaches. It's more of an achievement for the program than just the individual coach."
Maryland will play host to Boston College in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.