It was a grand weekend for the University of Maryland soccer programs.
On Friday, after the women’s team defeated Saint Louis, 2-0, the men attracted the second-largest crowd in Ludwig Field history (7,178) for a nationally televised 4-0 demolition of Stanford. On Sunday, Sasho Cirovski earned his 300th career victory — 10th among active Division I coaches — as his men’s team remained perfect (4-0-0) with a 2-1 win over Radford. And on the same day, the Terrapins women’s squad kept is unbeaten record intact (5-0-1) with another one-sided triumph, 4-0 at Cornell, for a program-record sixth consecutive shutout.
Combined, the Maryland teams are 9-0-1 with 31 goals for, two against.
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Over the two recent men’s matches, senior forward Casey Townsend scored three times, sophomore midfielder forward Patrick Mullins had two goals and an assists and junior midfielder John Stertzer contributed three assists. Junior midfielder Domenica Hodak led the women with three assists in two games.
The men will open their ACC schedule at home Friday night against Boston College. The women will host American on Wednesday and visit James Madison on Sunday.
The Maryland teams aren’t the only unbeatens in the region: The Virginia women are enjoying their best start in seven years (6-0-0) after defeating Drexel, 4-0, and the Virginia Tech women edged Connecticut, 1-0, to improve to 6-0-0 for the first time in 17 years.
Meantime, the Virginia men won their third straight since a season-opening loss to West Virginia by defeating Wisconsin, 4-2, to claim the Hokie Invitational. The Cavaliers will begin ACC play Friday at Duke (7:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
Virginia Commonwealth men are 4-0-0 after winning two matches in their own tournament.