No. 8 Maryland Topples No. 9 Duke, 2-0
Oct. 1, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A Ludwig Field record crowd of 7,260 watched No. 8 Maryland snag a marquee conference win against No. 9 Duke, 2-0, Friday night.
Matt Kassel registered his fourth goal of the year when his penalty kick score gave Maryland (5-2-1, 2-1-1 ACC) the early lead at 33:25. Terp senior forward Jason Herrick was taken down in the box setting up the opportunity. Patrick Mullins provided Maryland with the insurance score at 41:07 when he ripped a rebound off the Duke (4-2-3, 1-2-1 ACC) backline and nailed a close-range strike from seven-yards out.
The Terps moved to 4-0 this season in games where it leads at halftime. Maryland, which tallied its fourth shutout of the young 2010 campaign, moved to 45-22-3 all-time against the Blue Devils.
The Maryland defense shutdown one of the nation's premier goal-scorers, limiting Duke forward Ryan Finley to only two shots, while the Terp offense ran on all cylinders, boasting a 19-10 shot advantage.
"I thought it was a great win for us," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I thought our team defending was outstanding and our connection on the field was very good."
Fans filled Ludwig over capacity and the crowd was also treated to a celebration of the program's 1,000th game, which took place Sept. 21 against George Mason. An array of alumni spanning the 64-year history of the storied program commemorated the feat with a pregame ceremony at midfield. The game was also televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
"It's a great night for Maryland soccer," Cirovski said. "I thought we played well. Duke is a very good team and they were very direct tonight and they competed very hard.
"It's an ACC game on the big stage and I was very pleased with the effort and the outcome."
Maryland will have little time to recover as it preps for its toughest midweek test of the season as No. 3 Connecticut visits Ludwig Field Tuesday night.