#5 Terps Record Draw at #23 Virginia

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Senior Patrick Mullins paced the Terps with two goals as the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team notched a 3-3 tie at No. 23 Virginia Friday night.

The match featured a feverish first half of scoring, highlighted by six goals in the initial 27 minutes of play. Maryland (5-2-5, 4-0-3 ACC) headed to its second consecutive double overtime battle after drawing at No. 2 Notre Dame three days ago in Indiana.

Mullins notched his third goal in two matches after providing the Terps with the lone goal Tuesday. Tsubasa Endoh also notched a goal in the draw, Maryland’s fifth in 2013.

The Terps wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, notching their quickest tally of the season when  Endoh headed in a beautiful serve from the far sideline by Mullins 1:11 into the game.

Virginia (6-3-3, 2-2-3 ACC) quickly answered with a goal at 2:21 when Todd Wharton posted a tally from the top of the 18 for a 1-1 contest and Marcus Salandy-Defour found the back post at 4:38 for the Cavs first lead of the match.

Freshman Michael Sauers’ fantastic run down the far sideline resulted in a foul in the box to set up Mullins’ first penalty kick of the match in the 18th minute. The MAC Hermann Trophy candidate followed that up with yet another penalty kick score two minutes later after being taken down just shy of the end line.

Virginia tied the game again at 26:41 when the Cavs struck on a free kick by Patrick Foss which threaded the Maryland defense and evaded keeper Zack Steffen for the sixth goal of the match.

After the flurry of first-half scoring and lengthy offensive lull after halftime, Maryland almost registered the first goal of the second half with three minutes remaining in regulations when Sunny Jane nearly found the back of the net with a crawler to the near post.

Mullins’ came close to his first career hat trick with a blast down the middle with just over four minutes left in the first overtime but Cavalier keeper Jeff Gal was there for the stop. The Terrapin defense was able to thwart four corner kick chances for Virginia in the first extra period.

Nicko Corriveau gave the Cavaliers their best chance in extra time when he beat the Terps to the end line but Steffen stepped up with a big save to keep the game at three apiece.

“You have to give credit, both teams came out and attacked and made things happen,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said.  “It was a great entertaining first half for the fans and a little nuts for the coaches but things settled down and I thought it was a fair result.”

The Terps utilized a season-high seven substitutes in Friday’s potential rivalry finale. Freshmen Suli Dainkeh and Chris Odoi-Atsem saw the majority of action at centerback after replacing Dakota Edwards and Alex Crognale midway through the first half.

The Terps ended the match with 83 minutes of shutout soccer against Virginia – which had outscored foes 13-1 in its last five matches.

Maryland battles the Marshall Thundering Herd next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.