@ACCMSoccer College Cup: Semifinal ACCtion

@ACCMSoccer College Cup: Semifinal ACCtion

Friday December 13, 2013

 

With wins on Friday night, ACC regular season co-champions Maryland and Notre Dame advance to face off in the national title game. The match will be played on Sunday, December 15 at 3pm in PPL Park in Chester, Pa. and broadcast live on ESPNU. The winner will give the ACC its 16th national title including the sixth in nine years.


Mullins Sparks Terps to NCAA Title Match

CHESTER, Pa. - Patrick Mullins scored two spectacular goals to lead the Maryland men’s soccer team past rival Virginia 2-1 in the 2013 NCAA College Cup semifinals at PPL Park Friday night.

The Terrapins (17-3-5) will advance to their sixth national title game against Notre Dame on Sunday. Zack Steffen backed up Mullins with an outstanding night between the sticks, stopping five Cavalier shots.   

After an even start, Mullins opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a beautiful 20-yard chip. Mikias Eticha served a ball over the top that Mullins latched onto and flicked above an onrushing Calle Brown for his 17th goal of the season.

The Terps stayed stout defensively for the remainder of the half. Outside backs Mikey Ambrose and Jeremy Raley combined with centerbacks Suli Dainkeh and Chris Odai-Atsem to control the threat of Darius Madison and Jordan Allen.

Mullins had a chance to double the lead early in the second half.  Schillo Tshuma put the senior in with a pretty pass, but the New Orleans native sent his left-footed attempt high.

Just seconds later, Steffen combined with the post to keep the Terps ahead.  Allen ripped a shot from inside the box that the freshman keeper was able to parry onto the post.

The Cavaliers took control of the match after the Allen attempt. The ever-active Madison blasted the ball against the post from a tight angle with 25 minutes to go.

In the 76th minute, Mullins found his second. Tsubasa Endoh received the ball on the right flank and lofted a pinpoint to Mullins who took the ball between two defenders on the first bounce and volleyed into the right corner.

The goal was Mullins’ nation-leading 18th of the season and tied him for second on the Maryland all-time goals list with 46.

The Virginia pressure finally sliced the Maryland lead in half in the 77th minute. Dan Metzger’s challenge gave the Cavs a penalty that Todd Wharton calmly stroked past Mullins. 

The Terps’ defense kept the Cavilers at bay for the remainder of the match, with Steffen providing the highlight. The Pennsylvania native stretched far to his right to make an amazing one-handed save on a Brian James shot in the 88th minute.

Maryland’s appearance in the title game marks its first since 2008. The Terrapins - who are seeking their fourth national championship - are now 32-1-5 in matches Mullins scores a goal. 


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Hodan Helps Fighting Irish Reach College Cup Final

CHESTER, Pa. – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team now is just one step away from winning the program’s first national title. A two-goal performance from sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan propelled No. 3 Notre Dame past No. 7 New Mexico 2-0 on Friday evening in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship at PPL Park.
 
It didn’t take the Fighting Irish (16-1-6) long to score in their College Cup debut as Hodan found the back of the net in the seventh minute. Senior forward Harrison Shipp, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, set up the score as he played the ball to Hodan and he took a couple dribbles and buried it into the lower left side from 16 yards out. Hodan has scored a goal in each of the last six games and it was the first goal allowed by New Mexico in the NCAA tournament.
 
New Mexico (14-6-2) threatened in the 10th minute when Niko Hansen placed the ball on frame and Irish goalkeeper Patrick Wall was there for the save. Wall, a senior, had five saves on the night, including four in the first half, to notch his 10th shutout of the season.
 
In the 17th minute, Irish forward Vince Cicciarelli received a long pass from central defender Grant Van De Casteele and maneuvered against a Lobo defender in the box before placing a shot into the side netting. Shipp, who had four shots in the opening half, had a 21-yard attempt saved in the 40th minute. Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
 
The first good attempt for either team in the second half came in the 64th minute as New Mexico’s Christopher Wehan sent a shot wide of the far post from 25 yards away.
 
Seconds later, Notre Dame made the most of its first scoring opportunity of the stanza when Shipp played the ball to Cicciarelli and he had a flick-shot hit the cross bar and Hodan headed home the rebound from seven yards out. Shipp and Cicciarelli were credited with assists on the goal. Tonight was the second career multiple-goal game for Hodan and his first of the season. 
 
Cicciarelli nearly gave the Irish a three-goal advantage in the 68th minute but his low blast from inside the penalty box was saved by Lobo goalkeeper Michael Lisch. Cicciarelli threatened again with just over 10 minutes left in regulation but Lisch was there to make his third and final save of the night. 
 
Notre Dame held an 11-10 edge in shots, while New Mexico had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.