Dec. 4, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Maryland's run to the College Cup fell one game short Friday as No. 2 seed Virginia topped the Terps, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship at Klockner Stadium.
The Cavaliers initial strike came in the fifth minute when Neil Barlow's cross from the near sideline misdirected off the Terrapin backline and into the back of the net.
Following the goal, Maryland regrouped quickly and tacked on a pair of shots in-and-around the ten-minute mark. Casey Townsend's shot was blocked out by Cavalier keeper Diego Restrepo and then, following an interception in the midfield by Matt Kassel, the sophomore had a second shot miss just wide after a solid cross by fellow forward Jason Herrick.
Maryland continued to apply pressure up front throughout the first half, including a near-miss by Herrick that skimmed the far post at 21:25.
Virginia picked up its insurance goal at 58:28 when Barlow served a cross into the box that narrowly cleared the Terps' backline and ultimately was headed in by Will Bates.
Billy Cortes was taken down inside the box setting up a penalty kick opportunity for Maryland at 65:38. Herrick's ensuing shot was saved by a diving Restrepo to keep the Terps at nil and help preserve Virginia's 11th consecutive shutout.
Virginia's final goal came at 77:59 when Jordan Evans snuck in between two Terrapin defenders and finished a one-on-one versus MacMath for a three-goal cushion for the Cavs. The goal marked the first time Maryland surrendered more than two goals in a contest since a loss at Clemson Oct. 3, 2008.
The Terps continued to press forward with a flurry of shots all the way to the final buzzer, including a Herrick shot that bounced wide left with three seconds remaining. Maryland and Virginia ended the contest knotted at 13 in the shot category.
"I am proud of our team and I'm remarkably proud of what our team was able to accomplish this year in light of the adversity we've faced," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "To start, we are a young team, then we lose two players very early in the year under different circumstances, fought for a whole month of October with a number of injuries, and had to go on the road where I thought we got to a place that'd we'd be in this game. We ran into a very hot, determined and quality Virginia team tonight."
Maryland ends its campaign at 15-6-2. The Terps notched its eighth-straight Sweet Sixteen appearance and 16th consecutive winning record in 2009. Following Friday's loss, the defending national champions fall to 8-1-1 all-time in NCAA quarterfinal matches.
Friday's match in Charlottesville was the Maryland finale for five Terrapin seniors - Drew Yates, Kevin Tangney, Kwame Darko, Tyler Mishalow and Doug Rodkey. The group aided Maryland to 83 wins in their five-year span in College Park, including a pair of national titles in 2005 and 2008.
Maryland returns eight starters next season.