Aug. 26, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 9 Maryland men's soccer team avenged last year's NCAA tournament loss with a 3-0 opening game victory over seventh-ranked Louisville Sunday at Ludwig Field.
On a drenched pitch due to heavy rain leading up to the match, Maryland opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Tshuma slotted the ball home from close range after a great feed from Taylor Kemp. The goal was the heralded freshman's first as a Terrapin.
Metzger doubled Maryland's advantage in the 30th minute with a beautiful volleyed goal created by Jake Pace's flick-on header in the box. The sophomore one-timed the floating pass into the left corner of the net for his first goal in a Maryland uniform.
Louisville, who defeated the Terps 4-2 in the third round of last year's NCAA tournament, increased its offensive pressure in the second half, but was unable to capitalize in its final third. Maryland's backline of Kemp, Mikey Ambrose, London Woodberry and Dakota Edwards, was able to keep the Cardinals away from keeper Keith Cardona for the majority of the match.
Cardona was forced to come alive late in the second half and responded with a key close-range save on Louisville's best chance of the match with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Sterzer sealed the game for Maryland late with a short-range effort off Sunny Jane's first assist of the year.
"It's a great first win. I thought our team showed a tremendous amount of grit tonight against a very, very good Louisville team," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I thought we really worked hard and stayed connected throughout the game. Obviously we had some quality finishes tonight. We had contributions from everyone."
Maryland returns to the field next Friday to face No. 2 UCLA. Kickoff from Ludwig Field is set for 7:30 and the game can be seen on ESPN3.