COLLEGE PARK, Md. –Thirteenth-ranked Maryland scored three goals in 11 minutes in the second half to earn a 3-1 ACC men’s soccer victory over Duke this evening in front of a boisterous 8,397 fans at Ludwig Field. The match was the final regular season ACC match between the conference rivals as Maryland joins the Big 10 in 2014.
Duke falls to 1-1-1 for the season and 0-1-0 in conference action, while Maryland earns its first victory of the year to move to 1-1-1 and 1-0-0. Sean Davis netted the lone goal for the Blue Devils, his second of the season and second career score against Maryland.
Maryland controlled play in the early going, but Duke’s defense maintained composure in keeping the high-powered offense off the board. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Alex Long came up with a big save in the 11th minute after Patrick Mullins rifled one from 18 yards.
The Terrapins’ best chance of the half came less than 10 minutes later off of a set piece from 25 yards out. Sunny Jane lofted a ball to the far post where Alex Crognale sent a header off the post. Fighting to get into an offensive rhythm, the Blue Devils were able to get forward and draw a foul nearly 30 yards from goal.
Davis, who scored his first career goal at Maryland as a rookie in 2011, stepped behind the ball and bent his shot around the wall and past the outstretched hands of Zack Steffen for the 1-0 lead. The goal, against the run of play, helped quiet the electric crowd and built the Blue Devils’ confidence for the final 20 minutes.
After Duke nearly made it 2-0 on a shot from Seo-In Kim, the Terrapins came right back and tied the game 1-1. A missed clearance by the Blue Devils and a good touch from Maryland allowed Endoh Tsubasa just enough room for a strike past Long from 25 yards. The Terrapins made it a two-goal game two minutes later with a score from Patrick Mullins.
The Blue Devils continued to fight all over the field, but were unable to get things going offensively. Overall, Maryland held a 19-4 advantage in shots, including nine shots on goal. Long added four saves in the second half to push his total to six for the game.
Duke returns to action in its first midweek contest against Georgia Southern Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.