The No. 18 Maryland men’s soccer team looks to remain perfect in league play with a pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference match at No. 2 North Carolina Friday at 7 p.m.
• Fans can watch Friday’s match live on ESPN3.
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Men’s Soccer LIVE on TerpsTV
• Every Maryland men's soccer home match will be streamed live on TerpsTV Premium in 2013. Fans will be able to watch all of the action from anywhere by subscribing to TerpsTV.
• A subscription to TerpsTV also includes live events for women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball in the fall, as well as weekly football press conferences and live events during the winter and spring seasons.
• Maryland would like to see YOU at Ludwig Field this season! See the Terps game day promotion schedule below. Make sure to check back often as promotion dates and details are subject to change. For more information contact Jordan Looby by phone at (301) 314-7162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tuesday, Sept. 24 vs. Old Dominion – High School Team Day, Terrapin Tuesdays
• Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh – ACC/Pitt Welcome, Indian Guides
• Tuesday, Oct. 1 vs. Tulsa – Terrapin Tuesdays, Boy Scout Night
• Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Boston College – Residential Halls Challenge, Terrapin Club Night
• Tuesday, Oct. 15 vs. Marshall – Indian Guides, Power in Pink, Terrapin Tuesdays
• Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Wake Forest – Red Out, Alumni Night, Pride Game
• Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. Drexel – Terrapin Tuesdays, International Night
• Friday, Nov. 1 vs. NC State – Senior Night, ACC Farewell Game, MVP Night, High School
Scouting The Terps
• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.
2013 Maryland Terrapins: 1-2-1, 1-0-0 ACC
(NSCAA #18, Soccer America #24, TopDrawerSoccer.com #19)
• Included in that mix of returning starters is 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins. The New Orleans, product was the ACC Offensive Most Valuable Player, registering team-highs in goals (17), assists (10) and points (44). Sophomore Schillo Tshuma will be looked upon to generate scoring as well after tallying 10 goals in 2012.
• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with returning starters Dan Metzger and Sunny Jane and spot starters Tsubasa Endoh, Jereme Raley and Mikias Eticha back this season.
• Sophomores Mikey Ambrose and Dakota Edwards registered 22 and 23 starts, respectively, a year ago and look to lead the backline in 2013.
• Zack Steffen won the starting goalkeeping role. There is a three-way battle for the backup as Keith Cardona, Jordan Tatum, and Cody Niedermeier will fight for time.
Scouting The Tar Heels
• North Carolina heads into Friday’s match with a 2-0-1 record after tying Notre Dame its last time out.
2013 North Carolina Tar Heels: 2-0-1, 0-0-1 ACC
(NSCAA #2, Soccer America #4, TopDrawerSoccer.com #3)
• Tyler Engel leads the way for the Tar Heels with three goals and an assist. UNC has allowed only one goal this season and boasts a pair of shutouts against Monmouth and Coastal Carolina.
Terps/Heels – 2012 Regular Season Meeting
• Schillo Tshuma redirected a Patrick Mullins shot late in the first overtime period to lift the No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team over No. 2 North Carolina on a wet Friday night at Ludwig Field.
• A crowd of 7,340, the then-second highest in Maryland soccer history, saw a quality contest with the top-ranked teams in the country going back and forth on a water-logged field.
Maryland Captures 2012 ACC Championship
• Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 to win its third title in five seasons at the 2012 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.
• The Terps picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to win their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
• 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament squad by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards.
Terps Top Duke in Front of Ludwig Record Crowd
• Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh scored one goal and added two assists as the No. 13 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Duke 3-1 in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 8,397 last Friday night.
• The Terrapins fell behind early for the third time this season, but fought back with three second-half scores from Endoh, Helge Leikvang and Patrick Mullins to overcome the Blue Devils.
What We Learned: Week Two
#1 We Have the Best Fans in College Soccer
Maryland’s record attendance on Friday against Duke was spectacular and the support shown by the Crew on Thursday night was also astonishing.
A total of 8,397 fans (not including all those who were unable to get in because the crowd had reached capacity) came out to cheer for the Terps as it defeated the rival Blue Devils 3-1 in what may be the final showing between the two programs at Ludwig Field.
Another 1,800 folks showed up on Thursday for a meet-and-greet and scarf giveaway.
#2 Tsubasa is Tspecial
The sophomore stole the show on Friday night, shifting the momentum with an equalizing score early in the second half and then providing a pair of assists to senior Helge Leikvang and Patrick Mullins for the final two goals.
Endoh – a native of Tokyo, Japan - has started in all four games for Maryland this season.
#3 Maryland is Pretty Darn Good at Home
An uncharacteristic defeat to VCU on Sunday allows us to provide a little perspective to just how infrequently Maryland loses in the friendly confines of Ludwig Field.
Prior to Sunday, Maryland had not lost a regular season match at home since Sept. 3, 2010. That season, the Terps fell to future Big Ten opponent Michigan State in a wild match in which the Terps netted three goals late in the second half in a matter of 13 minutes. The Spartans tallied an equalizer with 54 seconds left in regulation and then posted the game-winner in overtime.
The Terps spend two weeks on the road before returning to Ludwig for a midweek match against Old Dominion Sept. 24.
Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll
• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.
• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.
• Maryland played back-to-back overtime matches when it tied Stanford and fell to California to begin the 2013 season.
• The Terps battled from two down to net a tie against the Cardinal on Friday. Patrick Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace scored for Maryland.
• At Cal on Sunday, Pace slotted the equalizer late in the second period to lift the Terps to extra stanzas. Tshuma also recorded a goal for Maryland.
Mullins Tabbed to MAC Hermann Watch List
• Patrick Mullins was one of 34 players named to the 2013 MAC Hermann Watch List.
• Mullins became only the second Terrapin to win the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2012. A forward from New Orleans, Mullins led Maryland’s high-scoring attack with 17 goals and 10 assists as a junior.
• He tallied seven game-winners to lead the Terps to the best winning percentage in the country (20-1-3).
Meet the New Kids on the Block
• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.
• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.
• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.
• Maryland started four freshmen defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal.
• Michael Sauers, Alex Crognale, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh all notched starts in the backline while Zack Steffen earned his second consecutive start in goal.
• Crognale, Steffen, and Dainkeh have started all four games this season.
• Maryland has seven College Cup appearances in the last 15 years, tied for most in the country.
• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 12 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).
• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.
In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament
• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 11. The second-most on that elite list is five.
• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.