COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After conceding an early first half goal, No. 4 Maryland came storming back to score three second half goals in a span of eight minutes to defeat West Virginia, 3-1, in the home opener Monday at Ludwig Field.
Junior John Stertzer tallied two goals and redshirt freshman Jereme Raley added the insurance goal to lead the Terrapins (2-0) to their first 2-0 start since 2006.
The Maryland offense came alive in the 54th minute when senior Casey Townsend played a cross into the penalty area that was handled by West Virginia defender Uzi Tayou.
The Terps were awarded a penalty kick and Stertzer calmly finished the ball past Mountaineer goalkeeper Pat Eavenson to equalize the score at one.
The offensive onslaught continued for the Terrapins in the 61st minute as Taylor Kemp played a curling free kick to Stertzer who rose up and nodded the ball home for the score. The goal was Stertzer’s third in just two games this season.
West Virginia’s (1-1) downward second half spiral continued in the 65th minute when forward Franck Tayou was ejected for colliding with Maryland goalkeeper Will Swaim.
The home side quickly took advantage of the extra-man attack and Raley put the Terps ahead for good on a flick from right back Widner Saint Cyr.
Maryland controlled the tempo early in the game, but was stunned in the seventh minute when West Virginia took the early lead on a counter-attack goal.
Mountaineer midfielder Uwem Etuk played a low ball into the box from the wing and forward Andy Bevin beat Swaim for the score.
“It was a great win against a great team,” head coach Sasho Cirovski, who garnered career win No. 298 Monday, said. “That’s a team that has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. I thought we played well. I was proud of our guys. For a reasonably young group, they stood tall. They really showed a lot of maturity against a really tough team.”