Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 AT 7:46 PM / Updated at 7:46 PM
NCAA soccer: Team preview capsules
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Creighton faces Indiana in the College Cup on Friday. The winner of that game faces the winner of Maryland-Georgetown. Here’s a capsule preview of the final four teams.

MARYLAND
Record:
20-1-2
NCAA tournament seed: 2nd
National ranking: No. 2
Coach: Sasho Cirovski (20 years at Maryland)
College Cup appearance: 12th (first since 2008)
NCAA championships: Three (1968, 2005, 2008)
Tournament trail: Defeated Brown 2-1; defeated Coastal Carolina 5-1; defeated Louisville 3-1
Current unbeaten streak: 6-0-0 since Nov. 1
Leading scorers: F Patrick Mullins 16 goals-8 assists-40 points; M/F Schillo Tshuma 8-2-18; M John Stertzer 7-6-20
Goalkeepers: Keith Cardona (16-1-2 record; 1.02 goals-against average, 37 saves, 6 shutouts); Jordan Tatum (4-0-0 record; 0.50 GAA, 4 saves, 2 shutouts)
Season recap: The Terps rolled to an unbeaten 14-0-2 start, including a 13-game winning streak, before suffering their only loss at Wake Forest in the Nov. 1 regular-season finale. Maryland hasn’t recorded a shutout since Oct. 19, but the Terrapins also haven’t allowed more than one goal in a game while winning six straight postseason matches (three of them en route to the ACC tournament title) by a combined score of 16-6. The talented Terps, who lead the NCAA with an average of 2.61 goals per match, are favored to win it all this weekend at the College Cup.
Need to know: Star forward Mullins was named ACC offensive player of the year after leading the league in goals and points. He also earned MVP honors during the ACC tournament.

GEORGETOWN
Record:
19-3-2
NCAA tournament seed: 3rd
National ranking: No. 6
Coach: Brian Wiese (seven years at Georgetown)
College Cup appearance: First in program history
Tournament trail: Defeated Charlotte 1-0; tied Syracuse 1-1, 2 OT (won shootout 4-2); defeated San Diego 3-1
Current unbeaten streak: 2-0-1 since Nov. 11
Leading scorers: F Brandon Allen 15 goals-2 assists-32 points; F/M Steve Neumann 7-13-27; F/M Andy Riemer 9-1-19
Goalkeepers: Tomas Gomez (15-1-2 record; 0.74 goals-against average, 62 saves, 7 shutouts); Keon Parsa (4-2-0 record; 0.98 GAA, 31 saves, 3 shutouts)
Season recap: The Hoyas’ best season in program history continues this weekend with their first trip to the NCAA final four. Georgetown’s 19 wins broke the school’s old record for single-season victories set in 1994. The Hoyas piled up a seven-game late-season win streak to advance to the Big East championship match, but they missed out on a league tournament title after falling 3-2 in double overtime to Notre Dame. Since Oct. 6, Georgetown is 9-1-1.
Need to know: The Hoyas have never recorded a victory in 28 all-time meetings against Maryland, most recently falling 2-1 to the Terps in 2010.

INDIANA
Record:
14-5-3
NCAA tournament seed: 16th
National ranking: unranked
Coach: Todd Yeagley (three years at Indiana)
College Cup appearance: 18th (first since 2004)
NCAA championships: Seven (1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004)
Tournament trail: Defeated Xavier 4-1; defeated Notre Dame 2-1, 2 OT; defeated North Carolina 1-0
Current unbeaten streak: 3-0-0 since Nov. 7
Leading scorers: F Eriq Zavaleta 18 goals-3 assists-39 points; M Nikita Kotlov 8-4-20; M A.J. Corrado 1-12-14
Goalkeeper: Luis Soffner (14-5-3 record; 0.78 goals-against average, 76 saves, 10 shutouts)
Season recap: Traditional NCAA power Indiana battled its way back to college soccer’s biggest stage after a seven-year absence. For sure, it’s been an up-and-down ride for Yeagley and his club. The Hoosiers were 1-3-1 in their five games leading up to the NCAAs, including a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. In what’s been a magical postseason run, however, Indiana upended both Notre Dame and North Carolina on the road the past two weeks to reach the College Cup.
Need to know: Indiana’s seven national titles rank second in college soccer history. St. Louis, which won 10 titles between 1959 and 1973, holds the record.

CREIGHTON
Record:
17-3-3
NCAA tournament seed: 12th
National ranking: No. 8
Coach: Elmar Bolowich (two years at Creighton)
College Cup appearance: fifth (second consecutive)
Tournament trail: Defeated Washington 4-2; tied Akron 1-1, 2 OT (won shootout 5-4); defeated Connecticut 1-0
Current unbeaten streak: 12-0-2 since Sept. 25
Leading scorers: M Timo Pitter 10 goals-4 assists-24 points; M Jose Gomez 6-9-21; M Jose Ribas 2-8-12; M/F Christian Blandon 4-1-9; F Sean Kim 4-0-8
Goalkeepers: Jeff Gal (13-0-1 record; 0.62 goals-against average, 55 saves, 7 shutouts); Alex Bolowich (4-3-2 record; 1.03 GAA, 38 saves, 4 shutouts)
Season recap: After opening the schedule with a mercurial 5-3-2 record, the Bluejays put the pieces together and will ride a 14-match unbeaten streak into their second straight appearance in the College Cup. In the third round of the NCAAs, Creighton toppled No. 1 Akron on penalty kicks — flipping the script after having suffered heartbreaking PK losses in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA tournaments. Last weekend, CU secured a return trip to the final four when Blandon scored with only 90 seconds remaining in regulation during a 1-0 stunner at fourth-seeded Connecticut, snapping the Huskies’ 38-match home unbeaten streak.
Need to know: Bolowich — who came to CU after guiding North Carolina for 22 years — is one of six coaches to make five consecutive College Cup appearances. But he’s the only coach to accomplish that feat with two different programs.

– Chad Purcell

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