NEWTON, Mass. - No. 4 Maryland scored three second half goals to defeat the No. 24 Boston College men's soccer team, 4-0, Friday night in front of 1,268 fans at the Newton Campus Field in the ACC opener for both sides.
Christiano Francois scored a goal and assisted on another off the bench for the Terrapins. Schillo Tshuma, Jake Pace and Widner Saint Cyr scored the other goals. Sunny Jane and Patrick Mullins were credited with assists.
Both senior Justin Luthy and Maryland keeper Keith Cardona made three saves in the match.
The match was delayed for more than an hour due to lightning in the area.
It was Boston College who came up with a couple of early chances to get on the board but could not capitalize. The first came eight minutes in when Luthy cleared the ball downfield. Senior Kevin Mejia beat the Terp defender to the ball and just had the keeper to beat, but his shot sailed wide.
Senior Kyle Bekker forced a turnover in the offensive end at the 24:25 mark and had room to blast a shot. He went top shelf, but Keith Cardona made a spectacular fingertip save to keep BC off the board. With 10 minutes left in the half, senior Charlie Rugg was taken down right outside the box which set up a dangerous free kick. Bekker took it but the Maryland wall deflected it out of bounds. BC got two corner kicks out of it but could not convert.
The Maryland goal came in the 39th minute when Francois was making a run at the net. A BC defender stripped him and tried to clear, but he regained control and slipped a shot past Luthy for the Terrapin lead.
The Terps extended the lead just three minutes into the second half when a BC turnover turned into a goal. Mullins picked up an errant pass and found Jane in the middle of the pitch. He dished to Tshuma who snuck a shot past Luthy for the 2-0 lead.
Pace and Saint Cyr added goals in the 70th and 81st minutes, respectively, to complete the scoring for the Terps (3-0-1, 1-0-0 ACC).
The Eagles (2-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) are back in action next Friday when they travel down to Virginia Tech for another league contest.