Oct. 4, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - John Stertzer celebrated his birthday in style Tuesday night at Ludwig Field, scoring twice to lead the No. 2 Maryland men's soccer team past Rutgers in overtime, 2-1.
Stertzer scored the game-winning goal just seven minutes into the first overtime to propel the Terrapins to 11-0-1 on the season.
Rutgers (4-5-1) proved to be a formidable opponent defensively in the early goings, but Maryland broke through for the first goal in the 20th minute.
Freshman Jereme Raley curled a corner kick towards the near post and Stertzer flicked the ball past the outstretched hands of Rutgers goalkeeper Kevin McMullen to put the Terps ahead, 1-0.
The Scarlet Knights quickly answered just two minutes later, however, when Sam Archer collected a loose ball in the penalty area and finished past Maryland goalie Will Swaim for the equalizer.
Swaim was forced to action multiple times throughout the game, and kept out a barrage of Rutgers shots in the opening moments of the second half.
The momentum swung in favor of the Terrapins in the 71st minute when Rutgers midfielder was ejected on a straight red card after a sliding tackle on Helge Leikvang.
Leikvang and the Terps took advantage of the man advantage and pressed hard for the game-winner as the match progressed into overtime.
The Scarlet Knights bunkered down in the opening sudden death frame, but Maryland defender served a perfect long ball to the head of Stertzer for the game-winner.
"Any game between Creighton and Virginia was going to be a tough game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I feel like I didn't do a good job of getting the team prepared mentally or physically for this game. I think it showed. We will do everything we can to get their minds and body ready for Friday."
Maryland heads to Charlottesville for an ACC matchup against Virginia on Friday as it looks to remain unbeaten in 2011.