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College Cup 2013 - Notre Dame vs. Maryland Player Ratings - By Chris Teale

CHESTER, PA — December 15 - Notre Dame secured their first ever College Cup thanks to goals from Leon Brown and Andrew O’Malley, taking them to a 2-1 win over Maryland.

Here’s how the players performed in the final at PPL Park:

 

Maryland

 

Zack Steffen (GK):  Made some superb saves from Harrison Shipp and Patrick Hodan in particular, but was powerless to stop both goals.7/10

Mikey Ambrose (D):  Did a very good job on Harrison Shipp throughout, preventing Notre Dame’s star forward from making much impact. 7/10

Jereme Raley (D):  Had some good crosses in attack, but was guilty of a couple of wild clearances at times in defense. 6/10

Suli Dainkeh (D):  Looked solid and shackled Shipp well as Maryland largely kept him at bay. 6/10

Chris Odoi-Atsem (D):  Collided early with Vince Cicciarelli but shook that off to enjoy a decent game in defense. 6/10

Michael Sauers(M):  Once again relished the physical challenge in midfield and ensured that Notre Dame’s midfielders were denied time and space. 7/10

Dan Metzger (M):  Another typically uncompromising performance from the midfielder, who did well in breaking up play and setting his attackers away. 6/10

Mikias Eticha (M):  Had a quiet game as he found himself overshadowed by his teammates, but did not make any glaring errors.5/10

Tsubasa Endoh (M):  As ever, worked incredibly hard and picked up an assist when Mullins opened the scoring for the Terrapins7/10

Patrick Mullins (F):  Was a little quiet initially but sparked into life with a superb finish to give his side a 1-0 lead, although he could not quite get his side back into the match once they went behind. 7/10

Schillo Tshuma (F):  Showed good pace and some flashes of skill but was handled well by Notre Dame’s defenders. 6/10

Subs

Alex Shinsky (M):  Made a superb impact off the bench, seeing his deflected shot finished well by Mullins and causing problems as he broke from deep positions.7/10

Jake Pace (F):  Did well in support of Mullins but created very few chances for himself. 5/10

Sunny Jane (F):  Full of running as ever, but was unable to make much of an impact on proceedings. 5/10

 

Notre Dame

 

Patrick Wall (GK):  Enjoyed another superb day in goal and made a number of good saves, although he was powerless to stop Mullins giving Maryland the lead.7/10

Max Lachowecki (D):  Returned from injury and did a decent job, although Endoh gave him some problems at times.5/10

Andrew O’Malley (D):  A memorable night for the defender, as he enjoyed a solid performance at the back and headed home brilliantly to give his side the victory.8/10

Grant Van De Casteele (D):  Enjoyed a dominant day, looking strong in the air and marking his opponents with typical physicality. 8/10

Luke Mishu (D):  Got forward well, and saw his long throw force the first-half equalizer. 6/10

Connor Klekota (M):  Spread play well, although he was guilty of giving the ball away a little too much. 5/10

Nick Besler (M):  Had a good game in the midfield, and notched a superb assist that set up Leon Brown’s equalizer. 7/10

Evan Panken (M):  Got forward well in support of his forwards while looking solid in the tackle. 6/10

Patrick Hodan (M):  Had a good shot on goal in the first half, but could not quite hit the heights of his semifinal performance.6/10

Harrison Shipp (F):  Had some handy shots, and while he could not find  many openings, his free kick set up O’Malley for his header. 6/10

Vince Cicciarelli (F):  Took an early knock and was forced to come off early in the first half. He would not return to the game. N/A

Subs

Leon Brown (F):  Introduced into the game early for the injured Cicciarelli, Brown finished brilliantly to tie the game at 1-1 and played well in his final appearance for the Fighting Irish. 8/10

Brandon Aubrey (M):  Came on in the second half but had too little time to make an impact. N/A


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