Maryland is returning to the Men's College Cup for the first time since winning the national title in 2005 thanks to a 1-0 win over Creighton on Saturday at Ludwig Field. Costa Rican-born Rodney Wallace scored the game's only goal when he came up from his left back position and scored on a header off Michael Marchiano's free kick.
The win was the Terps' 14th in a row and gave them 21 on the year -- a program-best.
"It feels great to be back," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski, who is headed to his sixth College Cup, said. "I couldn't be more proud of our team right now. I thought we played a Creighton team that was as
competitive as they come. We knew this was going to be a real combative game and a real high energy game."
Maryland enjoyed a huge edge in the play, outshooting the Bluejays, 17-5.
Creighton's best chance came early in the second half when Byron Dacy unloaded a shot that just went outside the far post.
The loss snapped Creighton's 15-match unbeaten streak.
Dec. 6 in College Park, Md.
Maryland 1 Creighton 0. Goal: Wallace (Marchiano) 24.
Maryland -- MacMath, Gonzalez, Costanzo, Delagarza, Wallace, Rodkey, Zusi, Marchiano,
Hall, Townsend, Herrick. Subs: Kassel, Yates, Tangney.
Creighton -- Holt, Akinrinade, Schuler, Deremer, Castillo, Jordan, Sinovic, Finlay, Gotsmanov,
Walters, Thayer. Subs: Clark, Dacy, O'Neill.
Referee: Chris Garjida.