CHESTER, PA. -- It's a formula that has produced staggering success during the last four seasons for Maryland's soccer team. When senior Patrick Mullins scores at least one goal, the Terrapins usually win.
Mullins scored twice as Maryland defeated rival Virginia, 2-1, in Friday's College Cup semifinal at PPL Park in Chester.
No. 5 seeded Maryland (17-3-5) will meet ACC foe Notre Dame in Sunday's 3 p.m. championship.
No. 8 Virginia ended its season at 13-6-5.
Mullins now has 46 career goals at Maryland, which is second on the school's all-time list. When he has scored, the Terps are 32-1-5.
"Patrick is a special player," Maryland coach Sacho Cirovski said. "I think he was dominant tonight, very good on both sides of the ball."
His first goal came in the 11th minute. Starting the play was Mikias Etchia, who sent Mullins on goal with a long pass from midfield.
Mullins ran down the ball and right before the box, chipped it over a charging goalie Calle Brown.
In the 49th minute, one Philadelphia Union youth academy product almost scored on another.
Virginia's Darius Madison of La Salle, sent a blast from inside the box that was deflected by Maryland keeper Zack Steffen, going under his arm and hitting the post. Steffen is a freshman from Downingtown West.
"The ball was bouncing, and he hit is well, and it was knuckling a little bit and it hit the bottom of my palm and I looked up and it luckily it hit the post," Steffen said. "It was a nice shot."
Mullins gave the Terps a 2-0 lead with his second goal in the 76th minute. Tsubsa Endoh sent Mullins on goal with a long service. Mullins one-timed a bouncing ball from 12 yards out.
"Tonight I got two great services and made sure to put them away," Mullins said.
Virginia quickly struck back when Marcus Salandy-Defour earned a penalty kick after being taken down inside the box.
Teammate Todd Wharton converted the penalty kick in the 77th minute.
Steffen preserved the win with an outstanding diving save in the 88th minute on a shot inside the box from Brian James.
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