NCAA ACCtion: @ACCMSoccer Sends Four to the Third Round


Four ACC teams win their second-round matches to advance to the NCAA Third Round.


Terps Advance to 12th Straight NCAA Round-of-16 with 3-1 Win Over Providence

COLLEGE PARK, Md. No. 5 seed Maryland benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute as the Terps defeated Providence 3-1 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday night at Ludwig Field.

The Terrapins (14-3-5) advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars (12-6-4). The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.

Sauers opened the scoring in the 19th minute, slaloming through a couple Friar defenders before slotting his shot past keeper Keasel Broome.

Phil Towler evened the match in the 69th minute. The junior used the outside of his left foot to flick a Fabio Machado delivery over keeper Zack Steffen. It was the Terrapins’ first goal allowed since the final game of the regular season at Virginia Tech, a stretch spanning over 350 minutes.

The Terps struck back just a minute later. Mullins sent a slick back heel to Tsubasa Endoh, who was fouled trying to receive the ball. Mullins finished the ensuing spot kick for his team high 15th goal of the season. The senior is a perfect 9-for-9 on penalty kicks this season. His 42 career goals are tied for fourth all-time in Terrapin annals.

Sauers had a chance to grab an insurance goal for the Terps with 14 minutes to go. The freshman latched onto a pass in the box after a scramble, but the Providence defense combined to save his close range effort off the line.

Pace put away the match for Maryland with four minutes to go. The redshirt senior capitalized on some confusion in the Friar backline and put the ball past Broome on a breakaway for his sixth goal of the season. 

The Maryland defense was once again solid for all 90 minutes. The backline dealt with a late Providence indirect free kick and snuffed out attacks all night.

Irish Get Offensive In 4-0 Win Over Wisconsin In NCAA Second Round

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Even while playing in frigid temperatures, the Notre Dame offense stayed red-hot as the third-ranked Fighting Irish topped No. 19 Wisconsin, 4-0, Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at Alumni Stadium.

Senior forward Harrison Shipp, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, scored twice and Vince Cicciarelli and Patrick Hodan also chipped in goals for the Fighting Irish. The four goals were a season-high total for the Irish and they matched the most ever for the program in an NCAA tournament game.   

Notre Dame (13-1-6) will play host to ACC foe Wake Forest next Sunday in the NCAA Championship Round of 16. The match is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium. The Irish topped the Demon Deacons, 3-1, on Nov. 2 in Winston Salem, N.C.

The Irish didn’t waste much time on Sunday as Cicciarelli, a junior forward, scored in the seventh minute. The sequence began with a shot from midfielder Connor Klekota that was blocked and Cicciarelli gathered the ball and chipped it over Wisconsin goalkeeper Max Jentsch from 15 yards out for his sixth goal of the season. That was the fastest goal scored ever for Notre Dame in an NCAA tournament contest.

Shipp gave the Irish a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute when he tucked a free kick inside the near post from 20 yards away. Notre Dame led 2-0 at halftime.

The Irish converted on another free kick in the 55th minute. This time it was Hodan who struck the ball from near the right sideline and Cicciarelli was positioned in the box but let it go and it found the back of the net. It was Hodan’s seventh goal of the campaign.

Shipp salted the game away in the 65th minute when he sent a shot to the far post from 16 yards out that beat Jentsch. The senior forward leads the Irish with 11 goals this season. Tonight was Shipp’s second multiple-goal game of the season and the fourth of his career. The two-goal performance tied a Notre Dame record for goals in an NCAA tournament match. The last Irish player to accomplish the feat was Kurt Martin in a 3-2 setback at Virginia in the quarterfinals of the 2006 tournament.

Notre Dame outshot Wisconsin 15-7, including 7-2 in shots on goal. The Badgers didn’t register their first shot on goal until the 71st minute. The Irish also had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall made two saves for the Fighting Irish to pick up his ninth shutout of the season. Jentsch had two saves for Wisconsin (14-5-2) in 78:31 of play.

Virginia Bounces St. John’s in NCAA Second Round, 2-0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s soccer team opened its 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 second-round victory over St. John’s Sunday afternoon in frigid, blustery conditions at Klöckner Stadium. Seeded eighth in the tournament, the Cavaliers (11-5-5) advance to the round of 16 to face the winner of the match between ninth-seeded Marquette and Akron, which will be played at 6 p.m. tonight in Milwaukee.

Virginia made its 33rd-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance – the longest current streak in Division I soccer. The Cavaliers advanced to the second weekend of tournament play for the first time since winning the 2009 national championship. 

The Cavaliers scored both of their goals off set pieces – a first-half goal from Ryan Zinkhan (Jr., Fredericksburg, Va.) and a second-half score from Eric Bird (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.). Bird recorded a goal and an assist in the win.

St. John’s (11-7-2) out-shot Virginia, 9-8, and put four shots on goal to three for the Cavaliers. UVa took five corner kicks to one for the Red Storm.

UVa goalkeeper Calle Brown (R-Jr., Leesburg, Va.) saved all four of the Red Storm’s shots on goal in recording the Cavaliers’ 10th clean sheet of the season. Rafael Diaz made one save in goal for St. John’s.

Virginia put on a beautiful passing display to score first in the 35th minute. Patrick Foss (Fr., South Riding, Va.) sent a free kick into the box and found Bird, who headed the ball back into the six-yard box to Zinkhan, who headed into the upper left corner for his fourth goal of the year.

The Cavaliers struck again in the 64th minute. Scott Thomsen (So., Brick, N.Y.) lofted a corner kick across the box toward the far post, where Bird went up in traffic and headed it past Diaz for the goal. It was Bird’s team-leading seventh score of the season. St. John’s had allowed just one goal in its previous five matches.

Deacs Beat Navy, 2-1, and Advance to NCAA Third Round

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ricky Greensfelder scored his first-career goal in the 54th minute and it proved to be the game winner, as 14th-seeded Wake Forest defeated Navy 2-1 in the Second Round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship on Sunday night at Spry Stadium.

The Demon Deacons are now 10-5-5 on the year and will advance to the Third Round for the first time since 2009 and the eighth time in school history. Wake Forest is now 21-13-3 all-time in the NCAA Championship and 20-9-3 under head coach Jay Vidovich.

Navy had their 15-game win streak snapped with the loss and end the year with a 16-4-2 record. This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Not only did Greensfelder score his first-career goal in the game, but he also dished out an assist on Wake Forest’s first goal for his first-career three-point game. Sean Okoli was the recipient on the first score, as he tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

Michael Gamble, Luca Gimenez and Chris Duvall also picked up assists on the night, while Andrew Harris needed to make just one huge save to earn the victory.

Nav’s Nick Dubee had a chance in the 21st minute after he maneuvered around a Wake Forest defender on the left side. His strike was powerful and on frame, but Harris was able to make the great diving save toward the near post and keep the score at 0-0.

Not long after, Okoli put Wake Forest on top for the first time in the 27th minute. Gamble played Greensfelder through on the left side, and Greensfelder played a beautiful cross to Okoli who just needed to tap the ball into an empty net for the goal.

The Midshipmen struck back quickly, when Jamie Dubyoski got behind the defense and blasted a shot from distance into the back of the net just 4:41 after Okoli scored.

Each team had a chance in the first few minutes of the second half, but they were both turned away. Gamble had a shot saved for the Deacs, and Dubyoski was called offside instead of being able to take an open shot all in the first three minutes.

Greensfelder then provided the game winner in the 54th minute for the Demon Deacons. This time, Gimenez played Duvall through on the right side, and Duvall’s cross was met by a left-footed strike from Greensfelder into the net.

Navy pressed forward and had a few chances at the end of the game, but the Deacon defense held strong and did not allow a shot on goal.

UNC Men’s Soccer Falls at UCI in NCAA Second Round

IRVINE, Calif. – The North Carolina men’s soccer team had its season come to an end with a 1-0 setback at 12th-seed UC Irvine in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

UC Irvine (15-4-3) scored with two seconds left in the match to advance in the tournament. Christopher Santana was credited with the game winner at 89:58

All-ACC keeper Brendan Moore showed why he was selected as one of the top players in the ACC in the second half. He skied high to haul in two crosses of corners in the first 10 minutes, and then made a really good save on a free kick in the 59th minute.

Enrique Cardenas unleashed a bending shot from the left flank that Moore momentarily fumbled but went to the ground to secure the save.

Carolina (9-6-5) failed to make the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 primarily because its offense could not muster enough quality scoring chances today. Omar Holness had the only shot of the second half, but his attempt went well wide and high late in the match.

On the game’s final sequence, Moore made the initial save off a shot by Michael Sperber, however, the rebound want directly to Santana who deposited his shot into the back of the net.

The match was physical between the two clubs with 39 fouls called, limiting the scoring opportunities for both clubs.

In the first half, neither team made a save with all five shots going off target in the first 45 minutes.

UCI had a pair of decent look in the first half, but one was deflected wide and the other was blocked by the UNC defense.

Raby George and Tyler Engel accounted for Carolina’s two shots in the first half.