COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It may not have been ideal conditions for soccer – kickoff temperatures hovered under 40 degrees Farenheit – but the Maryland Terrapins held serve at home in the ACC quarterfinals, defeating Boston College 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Goals from Mikias Eticha and Tsubasa Endoh paved the way, as the Terps outshot the Eagles 20-6 to advance to this weekend’s semifinals in dominant fashion.
"I’m very pleased with the result," Terps head coach Sasho Cirovski said after the win. "I thought defensively we were locked in and focused throughout."
Maryland enjoyed the more dangerous chances in the first half. Midfielder Tsubasa Endoh’s goal-bound header was the best opportunity, but goalkeeper Alex Kapp’s diving, one-handed save kept the game scoreless at the break. Throughout most of the evening, BC looked to keep numbers behind the ball, aiming for counter attack opportunities through freshman sensation Zeiko Lewis and explosive winger Derrick Boateng.
With the Eagles clogging the middle, it took a moment of inspiration from Maryland midfielder Mikias Eticha to open the scoring in the 52nd minute. When the BC defense dropped off Eticha five yards outside the 18-yard box, the attacker obliged with a left-footed strike into the upper corner that beat a frozen Kapp and gave the Terps a 1-0 advantage.
Endoh doubled the lead in the 72nd minute, corraling a bouncing ball in the right side of the penalty area, lashing home a second to make it a 2-0 game.
The Eagles failed to muster or create many chances to get back into the game, with just a single shot on frame for the night.
Cirvoski liked his team’s improvement after the break.
"I thought we were okay in the first half, but we were a little predictable," he said. "We played into their hands a little too much and we didn’t really get behind them as much as I think we could have. We probably took one touch too many and allowed their backs to get into good spots.
"In the second half we moved the ball much quicker and were more dynamic with our movement, and really penetrated some areas in behind their back four."
The Tigers bagged two second half goals in the game’s final 15 minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. Sophomore forward TJ Casner volleyed home the equalizer in the 75th minute, setting the stage for Kyle Fisher to head home a corner kick in the 82nd minute.
Clemson’s second half output nullified UNC’s opener through Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler 29 seconds into the game.
A Todd Wharton penalty kick four minutes into the first overtime booked Virginia its second straight trip to Germantown, Md., the site of this weekend’s ACC quarterfinals. UVA forward Jordan Allen earned the PK after 90 minutes of scoreless soccer.
The Demon Deacons looked the more likely side to score for long stretches creating chances through Luca Gimenez, Sean Okoli and a Ross Tomaselli shot that hit the bar. Wharton’s goal represented the only one on target for the Cavaliers.
Thanks to Patrick Hodan’s second half strike, Notre Dame will make an ACC semifinal appearance at the tail end of its first season in the new conference. It was a lopsided game at least in the final third, as the Fighting Irish outshot the Blue Devils 16-3 in the win.