COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Penn's run in the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships came to an end at the hands of three-time national champion Maryland on Sunday as the second-seeded Terrapins downed the Quakers, 4-0, in front of 2,401 at Ludwig Field.
A three-goal first half was all the offense Maryland needed as the Terps took advantage of three critical situations to stake themselves to an insurmountable lead.
"It is always tough when the season ends," head coach Rudy Fuller said. "However we can't lose sight of the tremendous season we had. This group ranks up there with the best teams we have ever had and their heart showed in the second half when we truly played Penn's style of soccer."
The first score came in the ninth minute following a 50-50 ball that resulted in a foul called on Penn. Stephen Baker went up first for the ball and collided with a Maryland defender, a collision called a foul on Penn. On the ensuing restart, Maryland sent the ball into Penn's goal are and John Stertzer found the ball on his foot and scored from six yards out.
In the 26th minute, Jake Levin made a defensive play on a bouncing ball in the box and although getting a boot on the ball was called for a foul in the box - resulting in a penalty kick for Maryland. Matt Kassel converted the PK, going to Ben Berg's left while Berg was diving to his right.
The Terps added to their lead again with 1:36 to play in the first half - again off a free kick play. Thomas Brandt was forced to trip up Patrick Mullins as he broke by on a possible breakaway on goal. On the restart, Kassel sent a long ball into the box that was blocked by Penn - but right to Greg Young who snuck a shot just under the crossbar.
Penn had chances in the first half, with four shots and three corner kicks, but could not take advantage of its opportunities like Maryland did.
In the second half, Penn came out looking to get back in the match quickly, earning three corner kicks in the first 1:52 of the second half. However, the Terps' defense staved off the pressure and MacMath made a save on a Stephen Baker header before the defense blocked a Loukas Tasigianis shot.
The Quakers had more corners in the match than Maryland, with a 7-3 advantage. Still, the decided edge in fouls (23 fouls on Penn to just nine on Maryland) and yellow cards (four on Penn and only one on Maryland) gave the Terps a vast advantage in total restarts.
Travis Cantrell came close to getting Penn on the board with 17 minutes to go, finding himself all alone after a Stephen Baker pass. Even though Cantrell was 1v1 on the goalie from four yards out, Zac MacMath made a stellar save with a dive to his left to keep the sheet clean to that point.
With 2:22 to play, Mullins added the final goal of the match, scoring from close-range on the right side of the box.
The season ends at 13-6-0 for the Quakers who won their ninth NCAA Tournament game in program history and advanced to the second round for the sixth time. The 13 wins in a season is tied for the second-most (1971, 1973) by any men's soccer team in Red and Blue history, trailing just the 14 matches won by the 1972 team.
Match Notes: The four goals allowed are the most by Penn since a 3-1 loss to Princeton (11/07/10) ... In NCAA Tournament play, the four goals allowed are the most by a Penn squad since a 4-0 loss at Connecticut in 2002 ... Penn was shutout for the third time all season ... The win for Maryland is the ninth second-round win in a row ... Penn was shutout in NCAA play for the sixth time in program history.