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Semifinal Loss to Maryland Finishes Virginia's Season


The Virginia men's soccer team saw its 2013 season come to a close Friday night with a 2-1 loss to Maryland in an NCAA College Cup semifinal match at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Virginia finishes with a 13-6-5 record.

Patrick Mullins scored both goals for the Terrapins, while Todd Wharton scored for Virginia on a penalty kick.

Maryland scored first in the 11th minute when Mikias Eticha sent a long ball through the Virginia center backs and downfield to Mullins, who one-timed the ball with his left foot from 20 yards for his 17th goal of the year.

The Cavaliers nearly netted the equalizer in the 49th minute. After a great flick forward from Riggs Lennon, Darius Madison briefly came free in the box and ripped a shot which deflected off Maryland keeper Zack Steffan and then clanged off the inside of the post and away.

Maryland doubled the lead in the 76th minute when Tsubasa Endoh sent in a beautiful cross over the Cavalier defenders and found Mullins, who buried the chance from 12 yards out for his second goal of the evening and nation-leading 18th of the season.

Virginia quickly answered just over a minute later when Brian James sent a great ball down downfield to Marcus Salandy-Defour, who drove deep into the box and was tripped down by Dan Metzger to get UVa a penalty kick. Wharton stepped to the spot and converted on the PK to shave the lead in half. It was Wharton's sixth goal of the season.

The Cavaliers sent everyone forward in the waning minutes, but could not find the equalizer. Steffan came up huge for the Terps in the 88th minute when James ripped a low shot from just inside the top of the box, making a sprawling, one-handed save to deflect the ball away.


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