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Top-ranked Maryland Terrapins defeat North Carolina State for 7th straight victory

Freshman Mikias Eticha, a D.C. United academy player from Stuart High School, scored with 16 seconds left in the first half and sophomore Jereme Raley (St. Mary’s Ryken) and junior John Stertzer (Flint Hill) added goals early in the second half Friday night as top-ranked Maryland defeated visiting North Carolina State, 3-1.

Backed by a crowd of 4,289 at Ludwig Field, the Terrapins (7-0-0) improved to 2-0-0 in the ACC. They’ll play at Seton Hall in a non-conference match Tuesday before visiting Virginia Tech next Friday.

In other area matches, Virginia (4-3-0) dropped its second consecutive match, 2-1, to visiting Charlotte, which equalized in the 90th minute and scored the game-winner 42 seconds into sudden-death extra time.

George Mason held unbeaten Central Florida to a 1-1 draw in Fairfax; Georgetown gained a tie at Penn, 1-1; and Americans was routed at home by undefeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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