Maryland edges Virginia 2-1 on Friday night to advance to its sixth NCAA final, after Patrick Mullins once again shows his power up front.
Mullins scored two goals in the win, while freshman keeper Zack Steffen had a great night in between the posts with some critical saves to help the fifth seed get one step closer to winning its fourth national title.
UVa controlled the tempo early on and seemed very much in control- winning many of the 50-50 balls. But that's when the senior forward struck. Mullins connected on a beautiful ball from Mikias Eticha within just ten minutes in the match.
In the second half, the Cavaliers came out on fire. Virginia had most of the possession and the Terps' were on their back foot, with Virginia forwards hitting the post twice. But Mullins once again calmed the team's nerves. Tsubasa Eticha lobbed a perfect pass to Mullins, who slipped past his defender and slotted home the eventual game winner.
The Terps' attack efficient on the night, but their defensive performance should also be applauded. Steffen made himself big and was impenetrable in front of his home crowd. The Dowington, Pennsylvania native had five saves on the night, including a fingertip save from a Brian James strike just minutes before the end of the match.
The Terps will now face Notre Dame for the NCAA Championship on Sunday at PPL park, with kick off slated at 3 p.m.