Aug. 31, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In a battle of two perennial college soccer powers, the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team drew with No. 11 UCLA 2-2 on an energy-fueled Friday night at Ludwig Field.
The first 15 minutes were fast paced, with UCLA's Reed Wiliams opening the scoring. Williams slotted the ball past Maryland keeper Keith Cardona after a flick-on header from Ryan Hollingshead in the ninth minute.
Maryland responded 19 seconds later when Dan Metzger tapped the ball into the back of the net after a good run and cross from Patrick Mulllins.
UCLA retook control in the 14th minute when Victor Munoz and Fernando Monge combined to set up Williams for his second tally of the game. Munoz fed Monge, who was then able to tee up Williams for the easy finish.
The Terrapins poured on the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Bruins, 12-2. Maryland was rewarded for its effort in the 68th minute, when Schillo Tshuma was brought down in the box, leading to a John Stertzer penalty kick and tying the score at 2-2.
UCLA keeper Juan Cervantes pushed a John Stertzer header wide in the first overtime period, the best chance for either team in extended time.
"That was a very good team we played tonight," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We battled back, played a lot of guys, and a lot of guys came in and helped us.
"I challenged the guys at halftime and they came through. We deserved better than a tie with our effort and quality in the second half but we play these games at this time of the year so we can learn something about ourselves. I think tonight we got a little more hardened and we got challenged and we will learn from it."
The attendance of 6,562 was the sixth highest in Maryland men's soccer history.
Maryland is back in action on Sunday when they take on California at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on TerpsTV Premium.