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Digest: No. 9 Maryland blanks Louisville in men's soccer opener

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No. 9 Maryland blanks Louisville in opener

Schillo Tshuma, Dan Metzger and John Stertzer scored, and the No. 9 Maryland men's soccer team avenged last year's NCAA tournament loss with a 3-0 opening-game victory over visiting No. 7 Louisville on Sunday. Sunny Jane paced the Terps with a pair of assists. On a pitch drenched by heavy rain leading up to the game, Maryland opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Tshuma slotted the ball home from close range after a feed from Jane; the goal was the heralded freshman's first as a Terp. Metzger doubled Maryland's advantage in the 30th minute with a beautiful volleyed goal created by Jake Pace's flick-on header in the box. The sophomore one-timed the floating pass into the left corner of the net for his first goal in a Maryland uniform. Louisville, which defeated the Terps, 4-2, in the third round of last year's NCAA tournament, increased its offensive pressure in the second half but could not capitalize. "It's a great first win. I thought our team showed a tremendous amount of grit tonight against a very, very good Louisville team," Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I thought we really worked hard and stayed connected throughout the game. Obviously we had some quality finishes tonight. We had contributions from everyone." Maryland returns to the field Friday to host No. 2 UCLA at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3.

More men: Trip Neil, a 2007 graduate of Johns Hopkins and four-year member of the Blue Jays men's team, served as captain of the U.S. Deaf National Soccer Team that finished 12th recently at the second World Deaf Football Championship in Ankara, Turkey. Mark Sorokin, a 2004 Hopkins graduate, also was on the team.

Women: Maryland (1-1-1) allowed an 18th-minute goal and lost, 1-0, at Ohio State (2-2-2) on Sunday. The Terps finish their four-game, season-opening road trip at George Mason at 7 p.m. Friday. ... Mount St. Mary's (1-1) was edged, 1-0, by visiting Rider (3-0) after the start of the game was delayed 35 minutes by lightning.

College field hockey

Top-ranked Terps rally in 2OT at Stanford, 3-2

Katie Gerzabek scored with 24 seconds left in the second overtime, and No. 1 Maryland pulled out a 3-2 win in double overtime at No. 11 Stanford. The Terps trailed throughout the second half before Jill Witmer scored to force overtime. Witmer put the Terrapins on top 1-0 in the fifth minute of play when she took hold of a loose ball, then rocketed in a shot for the lead. The Terps (2-0) held their lead through halftime. After Stanford (1-1) scored twice, Maryland pulled junior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter to put in an extra field player with six minutes left in regulation. Witmer forced overtime when she slipped a shot past the Stanford goalkeeper with 3:19 remaining. Maryland was a player down most of the second overtime after senior Megan Frazer was given a yellow card in the 90th minute. Gerzabek inserted on the penalty corner in with 53 seconds to play, then sent in the game winner with 24 seconds to go. She found a loose ball in front of the goal off the corner play and sneaked it in for the win. In its home opener Friday night, Maryland will take on No. 3 Old Dominion at 7p.m.

Other result: Quinnipiac (2-0) used a 2-0 halftime advantage to post a 3-1 victory over Towson (0-2), which got a goal from senior Kasie Nurko in the second half.

Et cetera

Rain stops horse racing at Maryland State Fair

Horse racing at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium was halted after the third race because of the threat of severe wind and rain, which soon after whipped through Baltimore County and across the fairgrounds for the better part of an hour. Live racing resumes at the fair Friday and continues through Labor Day. First post is 1:05 p.m.


WNBA: The Washington Mystics have signed free agent forward Iziane Castro Marques. A nine-year WNBA veteran, Castro Marques first joined the league as a free agent with the Miami Sol. She has played for the Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm and most recently with the Atlanta Dream, where she helped the team reach consecutive WNBA Finals. Castro Marques represented Brazil in the 2004 Olympics; her career averages include 10 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The Mystics also released guard Natasha Lacy, who had joined the team for the 2012 season. Lacy averaged 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20 games.

Minor league basketball: Eric Bigby (Meade) has re-signed with the Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League.

Other basketball: Lindsay Allen of Bowie scored 11 points and hit three 3-pointers in the first 4:22 of the fourth quarter, and the United States (8-0) fought off a resilient Spain (5-3) team to capture the gold medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship on Sunday afternoon at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Allen, who was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, finished with 13 points, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Spain threatened to take control of the game with runs in the second and third quarters, but each time the USA responded to lead from start to finish in its closest finish of the tournament.

Varsity boys golf: Pikesville senior Matt Oshrine shot a 6-under-par 29 on the front nine Friday, and the Panthers defeated Loch Raven, 10-8, at Diamond Ridge. Oshrine continued on the back nine with a 2-under 34 for a 63, two shy of the course record.

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