#2 Terps Fall in OT at California

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For the second match in a row to begin the 2013 season, No. 2 Maryland forced overtime in the final 12 minutes of regulation, but unlike their draw at Stanford Friday, the Terps dropped a 3-2 decision to California Sunday.

Cal (2-0) notched the gamewinner when Alec Sundly’s follow-up shot beat Zack Steffen to his right after a stellar save from the young keeper minutes into the overtime period. Schillo Tshuma gave Maryland the equalizer 1:12 into the second half and Jake Pace knotted the game at 2-2 with 11:56 remaining in the contest to account for the Terrapin (0-1-1) scoring.

Steve Birnbaum kicked off the Golden Bear scoring with a header off a Seth Casiple corner kick to notch a 1-0 lead at 13:46. 

The Terps were unable to counter in the first half, but – like the match against Stanford Friday – a determined unit emerged in the second period.  Patrick Mullins found a streaking Tshuma down the center for the 15-yard score to the keeper’s left with 72 seconds elapsed in the second half to knot the match at 1-1.

Cal answered in the 51st minute. A scramble on the far side of the box freed up Stefano Bonomo on the near post for a 2-1 Bear advantage.

Cal nearly padded the lead to two when they pulled Steffen out of the goal with 25 minutes left in the contest, but a veteran clear by captain Dan Metzger kept it a one-goal game.

Pace – for the second consecutive game – gave Maryland the late equalizer with a deflected blast to the back of the net in the 79th minute for a 2-2 contest. Pace’s score in the 87th minute at Stanford in the season opener sparked the Terps to extra periods.

Sundly’s goal gave Cal its second win of the season after the Bears dropped third-ranked Georgetown 2-0 on Friday. 

Maryland returns to the East Coast for its highly-anticipated ACC showdown against Duke on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The Terps also welcome VCU next Sunday.