Nov. 8, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 7 seed Boston College scored two first half goals in a span of four minutes to defeat No.2 Maryland 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship Tuesday at Ludwig Field.
Despite outshooting the Eagles 18-9, the defending ACC champion Terrapins could not overcome the early two goal deficit to advance in the tournament.
Maryland (13-3-3) controlled possession early, but it was Boston College (13-5-0) who struck first after a defensive lapse by the Terrapin backline in the 13th minute. Eagle forward Charlie Rugg collected the ball in the box and hit the post, but teammate Diego Medina-Mendez was there to score on the follow-up.
The Maryland backline was caught on its heels again just four minutes later after a fantastic individual effort from Rugg. The speedy forward turned past a Terp defender and beat goalkeeper Will Swaim one-on-one to put Boston College in front 2-0.
After failing to beat a bunkered down Eagle defense for the remainder of the first half, the Terps finally struck gold just two minutes into the second frame. Casey Townsend flicked in a Jereme Raley cross to draw the home side within one goal, 2-1. It was Townsend's 13th goal of the year and his first since Oct. 7 at Virginia.
The game opened up following the goal and Townsend nearly equalized in the 60th minute on a cross from Sunny Jane, but his volley bounced just over the crossbar.
The Terps desperately pushed forward for the equalizer in the final 30 minutes but were repeatedly thwarted by the Eagles' tenacious defending and active goalkeeping from Justin Luthy as Boston College held on for the victory to advance to the conference semifinals for a fifth consecutive season.
"I'm extremely disappointed with tonight's result. We didn't have a great first half. Boston College is an excellent counterattacking team and they got us on two counters," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We were chasing the game in the second half and had a lot of opportunities.
"We are deeply disappointed because we wanted to win both the ACC regular season and tournament championship but we all know that when it's said and done it's where you finish in the NCAA tournament that is the number one goal. We are going to refocus on that. I love my guys and I know what they are capable of doing."
Winless in their last four matches for the first time since 2004, the Terps will look to regroup as they head into the NCAA tournament. The bracket for the 2011 championship will be announced Monday, Nov. 14.