When the Virginia men's soccer team faces Maryland on Friday in the College Cup, it will mark the third match between the Cavaliers and Terrapins this season. The first game ended in a 3-3 tie after two overtimes. The second one ended with a UVa own-goal in the 89th minute, giving Maryland a 1-0 win in the ACC Championship game.
"Just losing the ACC Championship in that fashion kind of left a sour taste in all of our mouths," said senior defender Kevin McBride. "I think deep down we kind of all wanted Maryland again."
The 'Hoos will get what they wanted, when they meet Maryland in the national semifinal on Friday.
"It kind of sucks the way it ended up going," junior defender Kyler Sullivan said of the loss in the ACC title game. "But we get to play each other one more time as ACC rivals, and it's going to be a good game so I think we are really pumped for it."
Since the loss in the title game, the 'Hoos have won three in a row, all in NCAA Tournament.
"Losing that game the way we did with two minutes left, unfortunate kind of own-goal, that loss I think helped motivate us for this run that we've had in the postseason," said head coach George Gelnovatch. "And this game coming up is part of that run."