Oct. 12, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team passed its latest test Friday night, outdueling Duke 2-1 to stay perfect in conference play.
John Stertzer and Christiano Francois netted first half goals for Maryland (11-0-1, 5-0-0 ACC) and a stingy defensive effort halted an accelerated Duke (4-6-1, 2-3-1 ACC) attack in the second half to lead the Terps to their 10th straight victory.
Stertzer's goal, his first since Sept. 14 against N.C. State, kicked off the Terrapin scoring in the 13th minute. Mikey Ambrose served a spectacular ball from the near sideline to set up a short-range header by the senior MAC Hermann Trophy candidate who finished for his fifth goal of the year.
Duke answered 14 minutes later when Nat Eggleston converted a Blue Devil corner kick opportunity. Eggleston's header finished to the back post off Ryan Thompson's serve to knot the match at 1-1.
Maryland was able to regain the lead before entering halftime as Francois tallied his second goal in as many games off a nifty move to shake a Blue Devil defender on the far side of the 18. Senior Jordan Cyrus registered the assist on the play.
The Terps outshot Duke 19-8 in the match.
"It's a great win. I thought we played well throughout the match and had control of the match," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Duke is a handful on set pieces and I thought we did well for the most part on defending them. We created a lot of chances but we weren't very sharp on finishing those chances. I thought overall this was a very good connected team effort on both sides of the ball. I'm really proud of our team."
A crowd of 973 was announced with a large contingent from Maryland's student group `The Crew' in attendance.
"I want to thank the Crew for making tonight feel similar to a home game for us," Cirovski said. "They were fantastic."
The Terps return to College Park for a match against Colgate Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on TerpsTV Premium.