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North Carolina advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 win over USF, while Clemson fell to Elon in penalty kicks.
CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina advanced past USF, 1-0, on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
Carolina (9-5-5) will play at No. 12 seed UC Irvine on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET in Irvine, Calif.
For the second-straight match, Carolina got another quick goal to take a 1-0 lead. This time the early goal came from Omar Holness at the 3:27 mark. Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler started the play with a corner kick, sending a perfect deep cross that Holness one-touched into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
Vandermaas-Peeler earned his team-leading fourth assist on the play.
All-ACC keeper Brendan Moore made two saves to notch his ACC-leading 10th clean sheet of the season for the Tar Heels.
ELON, NC—#24 Clemson and #18 Elon played to a 1-1 tie but the Phoenix won the penalty kick round 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament at Elon, NC Thursday night. Elon advances to the second round and will play at UCLA Sunday.
The match ends in a tie. Elon is now 15-4-3 overall, while Clemson finishes the season with a 11-7-3 mark. Elon is ranked 18th nationally, while Clemson is 24th.
Clemson dominated play in the first half. The Tigers had eight shots and six corner kicks before intermission compared to Elon’s one shot and one corner kick.
In the 28th minute of play, Clemson’s Bobby Belair took a six-yard shot, but it was saved by the Elon goalkeeper, Nathan Dean. The Tigers’ T.J. Casner took an 18-yard shot that went just over the goal in the 30th minute of play.
With less than two minutes left in the first half, the Tigers’ Manolo Sanchez’ header went over the cross bar.