Oct. 14, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 3 Maryland men's soccer team displayed its offensive prowess in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd Friday night as the Terrapins defeated No. 22 Duke, 4-2.
The Terps, who played in front of 7,957 fans and were welcomed with fireworks, scored three second half goals, including two from John Stertzer, to best one of its ACC rivals and advance to 13-1-1 and 4-1-0 in the conference on the season despite being a man down for the game's final 23 minutes.
Duke (7-5-1, 3-2-1 ACC) set the tone early in the match, and opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Blue Devil midfielder Sean Davis received a pass from Daniel Tweed-Kent and beat goalkeeper Will Swaim at the near post.
It only took two minutes for the Terrapins to answer, however, as Townsend flicked on a Swaim punt to Sunny Jane. Jane corralled the flick and beat Duke keeper James Belshaw one-on-one for his first goal of the season.
The ACC foes traded opportunities for the duration of the first half, but Maryland took a stranglehold on the possession in the second half and capitalized in the 55th minute. Patrick Mullins was taken down by a Duke defender in the box and Stertzer nailed home the ball from the penalty spot to give Maryland a 2-1 advantage. Stertzer doubled the lead just 10 minutes later after nodding home a cross from defender Widner Saint Cyr.
Maryland continued to control the possession, but was setback in the 67th minute when Jane was ejected on a straight red card after tangling with a Duke opponent. Undaunted by the disadvantage, Mullins put the nail in the coffin after putting a far post shot past Belshaw for the 4-1 lead.
"Duke is an excellent team and we did a great job. It was an overall great effort by our team," head coach Sasho Cirovski, who celebrated his birthday Friday night, said. "We came out in the second half and broke through with a couple of nice goals.
"What an occasion to have nearly 8,000 people here. It was a great night and I can go home with a smile on my face as I get one year older."
NOTES: Maryland is the only team in the nation to have two players with double-digit goals (Townsend 12 and Stertzer 11 ... November 29, 2009 was the last time Duke gave up four goals in a game ... Stertzer has had three multi-goal games on the year and two in his last four games.