Maryland beats Virginia in NCAA soccer semifinals
Friday, December 13, 2013 6:10 PM
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Patrick Mullins scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season to lead Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Virginia in the NCAA men's soccer semifinals Friday night at PPL Park.
The Terrapins (17-3-5) will vie for their third national championship in the last nine years when they face Notre Dame -- a 2-0 winner over New Mexico in the first semifinal -- the title game Sunday.
Mullins scored in the 11th and the 76th minutes, receiving perfect lofted through balls on both goals -- the first from Mikias Eticha and the second from Tsubasa Endoh.
Trailing 2-0 with time running out, Virginia (13-6-5) got on the board after Maryland's Dan Metzger took down Marcus Salandy-Defour in the box and Todd Wharton scored the ensuing penalty kick in the 77th minute.
Maryland goalie Zack Steffen, from the Philadelphia area, finished with five saves, including a diving stop on Brian James with less than three minutes remaining to preserve the win.
Mullins, a finalist to win his second straight MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation's best player, leads Division I in scoring this season and is second in Maryland history with 46 goals. The Terps have lost only once in four years when Mullins scores.
Notre Dame 2
New Mexico 0
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men's soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish's 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park.
Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face the Maryland-Virginia winner in the title game Sunday.
Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season.
Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation's best player, assisted on both goals.
In the seventh minute, Shipp shook off a defender and found Hodan in the box for a shot that snapped New Mexico's shutout streak at 317 minutes. The Irish, making their College Cup appearance, scored again in the 65th minute when Hodan pounced on a rebound in the box after Vince Cicciarelli hit the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Patrick Wall made five saves to blank the Lobos (14-6-2).