BLACKSBURG, Va. – Senior Patrick Mullins scored the golden goal in overtime to lead the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Virginia Tech Friday night. The win clinched a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship for the Terps as they cap their final season in the league.
Maryland (10-3-5, 7-1-3 ACC) controlled play for most of the night against Virginia Tech (4-8-5, 1-5-5 ACC). Schillo Tshuma’s early goal stood up for most of regulation before Alessandro Mion equalized late for the Hokies. Mullins then netted in the first overtime period to give the Terps the victory.
The title marks Maryland’s 24th ACC Regular Season Championship in program history. It’s the Terps’ second consecutive title and their third since 2005. Notre Dame capped its first season as a member of the ACC with a matching 7-1-3 record. Maryland earned the top seed due to a tiebreaker.
“To secure a share of the ACC title with a great Notre Dame team is a tremendous honor, particularly in our last season in the ACC,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This has been one of most competitive season in a very long time in the ACC. The tournament should be a dandy.”
Tshuma put the Terps on the board after just seven minutes. The sophomore latched onto a rebound after a Mullins miss and calmly slotted the ball home for his sixth goal of the season.
For the remainder of the game, the Terps held most of possession but could not find a second goal. Mion pulled the Hokies level when he headed the ball past Steffen with two minutes remaining.
Mullins ended the contest early in the first overtime period. Alex Shinsky whipped in a low cross that the senior poked past Hokie keeper Kyle Renfo.
“I’m so proud of our team,” Cirovski said. “We started brightly and controlled the match. Virginia Tech showed great spirit in finding the late equalizer. Though our team was upset, we stayed very composed. We came out in overtime with a flurry and Alex beat two guys and whipped in a great ball that Patrick finished clinically. He showed again that he is a special player.”
Maryland will host an ACC Men’s Soccer Championship quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ludwig Field.