#6 Terps Crush California, 6-0
Sept. 2, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team coasted by California 6-0 at Ludwig Field on Sunday.
Coming off a tough draw to No. 11 UCLA on Friday, the Terps battled through rain to score their highest goal tally in nearly two years. Patrick Mullins led Maryland with three points on a goal and two assists. Jordan Cyrus picked up two late goals to give the Terps their second win of the year.
John Stertzer started the scoring in the 37th minute. Freshman Tsubasa Endoh crossed the ball in front of the goal to Mullins, who passed the ball to Stertzer. The ball grazed off Cal keeper Kevin Peach's hand before making its way into the goal.
Mullins tallied one of his own 10 minutes into the second. Closing in to the offensive zone, Mullins shot the ball from just outside the box off the outside of his foot. The ball sailed past Peach, putting the Terps up, 2-0.
Mullins became playmaker once again in the 65th minute. The New Orleans, La., product sent a cross and forward Christiano Francois deflected the ball in front of the goal. Forward Schillo Tshuma finished the play, scoring from four yards out into the right side of the goal.
Endoh scored his first collegiate career goal in the 70th minute off an Alex Shinsky cross from three yards.
Cal replaced Peach in goal with Robby Gogatz, but the switch did nothing to stop Maryland's goal onslaught. Jake Pace notched a shot, which rebounded off Gogatz and straight to Cyrus, who extended the Terps lead to five.
Cyrus struck again just over a minute later, this time from further out. Following a solid Shinsky attempt on goal which ricocheted off a Cal defender, Cyrus picked up the rebound and scored from 18 yards.
Maryland's six-goal performance was the most since a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, 2010.
"I thought it was a tremendous 90 minutes. That's a very good Cal team and I expect them to be a playoff team this year," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The honesty, the work ethic, the attention to detail, and the skill on the ball was just outstanding.
"The starting group did a great job and when every reserve came in, they kept the level high. It was a fun night."
The Terps have the week off and are back in action on Sept. 7 at Boston College to start ACC play.