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College Cup 2013 - Virginia Vs. Maryland Player Ratings - By Chris Teale

CHESTER, PA — December 13 - Maryland secured their place in the College Cup with a 2-1 win over Virginia thanks to two goals from senior forward Patrick Mullins and goalkeeping heroics from freshman Zack Steffen.

Here are how the players performed on a bitterly cold night at PPL Park:

 

Virginia

 

Calle Brown (GK): Will perhaps be disappointed to be lobbed by Mullins as the Terrapins took the lead, but was otherwise solid.6/10

Zach Carroll (D): Like all the backline, he had some problems with Maryland’s attackers but was able to largely withstand their pressure.6/10

Scott Thomsen (D): Was given a hard time by Mullins in particular, but managed to just about keep the MAC Hermann finalist quiet despite picking up a caution in the second half.5/10

Kyler Sullivan (D): Succeeded in seeing Schillo Tshuma substituted in the first half after some good work, and managed to snuff out a number of threats.6/10

Kevin McBride (D): Looked handy getting forward with his long, raking balls, but while these were well-intentioned they led to few genuine chances.6/10

Todd Wharton (M): Involved in a battle in the midfield, and may have liked to have had more impact than he was able to exert, although he scored a penalty late in the game to give Virginia hope.6/10

Jordan Allen (M): Had a shot on goal in the first half and showed flashes of good play, but could not put together enough meaningful moves.6/10

Eric Bird (M): Tried to spark some attacking moves for the Cavaliers alongside Allen, but apart from an early shot could do little to help them going forward.6/10

Darius Madison (F): Had several shots saved and worked hard as he presented Virginia’s best and most consistent attacking threat.7/10

Marcus Salandy-Defour (F): Struggled mightily to have any impact up front in the face of Maryland’s stout defenders, but did manage to force a penalty late in the game for his side.4/10

Ryan Zinkhan (F): Also found himself out muscled and unable to make any telling contributions in attack.5/10

Subs

Riggs Lennon (F): Came on up front but was unable to make much of an impact alongside Madison. 4/10

Nicko Corriveau (F):  Was brought on as Virginia chased an equalizer but could not find a good opening. 5/10

Brian James (M): Had a glorious chance to tie things up late but was denied by Zack Steffen in what was a good outing for the midfielder. 6/10

 

Maryland

 

 

Zack Steffen (GK): Made some brilliant saves and did well to keep his team in the game, especially late on.8/10

Jereme Raley (D): Did well as part of a solid Maryland defensive unit, especially in aerial challenges. 6/10

Mikey Ambrose (D): Made some crunching tackles and was crucial in making sure Madison was unable to make any telling impact.7/10

Suli Dainkeh (D): Looked solid alongside Ambrose and ensured that the Cavalier attackers were denied as much space as possible.6/10

Chris Odoi-Atsem (D): Enjoyed a number of meaty challenges, ensuring that nothing got past him throughout the game.6/10

Michael Sauers (M): Had a decent game in the midfield but struggled to make much of an impact at times.5/10

Dan Metzger (M): Played a very physical game and ensured that Virginia’s midfielders could not gain any momentum.7/10

Mikias Eticha (M): Notched a superb assist to give his side the lead, and was a continual threat from the midfield.7/10

Tsubasa Endoh (M): A typically industrious performance from the midfielder, who once again made sure there was a link to his forward players and laid on a great assist for Mullins in the second half.8/10

Patrick Mullins (F): A superb finish in either half capped a memorable night for Mullins, who was the fulcrum of much of his side’s attacking movement.9/10

Schillo Tshuma (F): Enjoyed a good linkup with Mullins at times, but was somewhat overshadowed by his teammate.6/10

Subs

Alex Shinsky (M):  Came on in the first half and relished the physical battles as he ensured his side maintained their lead.6/10

Sunny Jane (F): Looked lively up front for Maryland without ever being able to create any chances for himself.6/10

Jake Pace (F): Gave Mullins good support in attack, but like Jane was unable to create much in the final third.6/10


Chris Teale is a contributing writer for College Soccer News.  He is reporting from the College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @chris_teale