Maryland beats Virginia in NCAA soccer semifinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013

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 — in the title game Sunday.

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.

"Before the game started, I said it's going to take a special moment by a special player," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "And Patrick Mullins found two special passes and had two great finishes. And Zack came up with a great save at the end that very few 'keepers can make."

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.

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.

"As a forward, all you can do is make hard runs and hope the balls get there," Mullins said. "When you have great players feeding you the ball, more times than not they're going to get there. Tonight we got two great services and I made sure to put them away."

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