Maryland vs. California

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Friday, November 28, 2008

What: NCAA tournament round-of-16 game.

Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.

When: 1 p.m. Tickets: $5-$10.

Records: Terrapins 19-3, Bears 12-3-5.

At Stake: Quarterfinal berth next weekend against seventh-seeded Creighton or unseeded Connecticut.

Outlook: Despite boasting the nation's longest winning streak (12) and playing at home (where they are 11-1), the second-seeded Terrapins will have to be wary after losing to the Bears, 1-0, in the second game of the season. It marked the only time Maryland has not scored. Freshman GK Zac MacMath has not lost since, winning all 15 of his starts. The Terrapins have not yielded a goal in the past 426 minutes and the defense has conceded just five goals during the winning streak. Nine of the 17 goals they've allowed came in two games (losses to Wake Forest and Clemson) and they have 12 shutouts, including four straight in postseason. After a first-round bye, Maryland eliminated George Mason, 2-0, on Tuesday as freshman F Casey Townsend scored his 11th goal. Junior MF Jeremy Hall has a team-high 13 goals and six assists. In Cal's 3-2 overtime victory over 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the second round, junior GK Stefan Frei made a season-high 11 saves as the Gauchos attempted 24 shots. The Bears routed San Francisco in the first round, 3-0. In the first meeting between Maryland and Cal, played at UCLA on Aug. 31, the Terrapins had advantages in shots (16-12) and corner kicks (6-2) but yielded a goal with 361/27 minutes left. The Bears enter today's match with a five-game winning streak. Last year at this stage of the tournament, the Terrapins relinquished a two-goal lead in the final 2 minutes 31 seconds of regulation and were eliminated at home by Bradley, 3-2.

-- Steven Goff


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