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Stertzer justifies Cirovski's confidence in him
by Paul Kennedy, September 14th, 2011 2:11AM
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[UMBC-MARYLAND] John Stertzer redeemed himself after missing a possible game-winning penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the first overtime period by scoring in the second overtime to give No. 1 Maryland a 4-3 win over previously unbeaten UMBC on Tuesday night in front of a Retriever Soccer Park record crowd of 2,513. Senior Casey Townsend had a hat trick for Terrapins, who improved to 6-0-0, their best start since 2003.

After a scoreless first half, Maryland seemingly had the game won on goals by Townsend in the 46th, 57th and 81st minutes.

But Sean Rothe brought UMBC back from 3-1 down with a pair of goals in the 83rd and 84th minutes -- the first on a brilliant shot from 27 yards out and the second through traffic in the box.
After missing his penalty kick, Stertzer scored on a header for his fourth goal of the year.
“I think it was a very exciting college soccer game,” Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I wanted to bring our team into a hornet’s nest ... to have the largest crowd in their program’s history and a very good team pushing us. The second half, we came out and played Maryland soccer but we didn’t manage the last 10 minutes well.
“I give our guys credit. We came back. We calmed down. We showed great resilience and great grit.  The reason I have John Stertzer take penalties is because he has the courage and strength to come back from that. And he certainly came back with a great goal.”

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