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Originally posted on Nov. 23, 2014. Updated Nov. 24.
Teams win all five matches played on Sunday; Clemson adds another victory on Monday for a perfect 6-0 second round.
CLEMSON, S.C. – The seventh-seeded Clemson men’s soccer team edged No. 25 Coastal Carolina 2-1 Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006 and for the 23rd time in program history. Tonight’s win was the first NCAA Tournament win for Clemson since 2006. Clemson faces North Carolina at Historic Riggs Field on Sunday, Nov. 30. Clemson improved to 12-6-3 on the season with the win.
After more than 44 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Tigers scored with just 40 seconds left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Coastal Carolina was whistled for a foul and freshman Diego Campos handled the free kick from 20 yards. Campos’ shot was saved by the Chanticleer keeper Devin Cook-Perales, however, junior Paul Clowes got the rebound and put it into the upper left corner of the net. The goal was Clowes’ second of the season. His first was scored last Sunday in the Tigers’ ACC Championship game win over Louisville.
It took just 12 minutes into the second half for Clemson to put its second goal on the board. Sophomore Alex Happi sent a pass forward along the right side to senior Manolo Sanchez. Sanchez crossed it in front of the goal from the right, and Campos put it in the net from close range for his third goal of the year, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The top-seeded University of Notre Dame men's soccer team prevailed over Ohio State, 2-1, in a soggy slugfest in Sunday's NCAA Championship second-round match at Alumni Stadium.
Freshman forward Jon Gallagher tallied the winning goal in the 69th minute of the match, which was played in a steady rain throughout. Sophomore central defender Brandon Aubrey gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when he converted a penalty kick. Ohio State's Danny Jensen netted the equalizer in the 34th minute.
Fighting Irish goalkeeper Patrick Wall stopped five Buckeye shots on the night. The fifth-year senior was tested early with attempts from Ohio State's Liam Doyle in the sixth minute and Zach Mason in the 10th minute.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Emil Ekblom and Oyvind Alseth scored less than 10 minutes apart in the second half to lift No. 4 Syracuse (16-3-1) to a 2-1 victory against Penn State (13-6-1) in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the SU Soccer Stadium.
Ekblom found the net in the 74th minute and Alseth struck in the 84th minute as the Orange railled from a 1-0 deficit to win the first home NCAA Tournament match in team history. Alseth factored in in both goals, assisting on Ekblom's tally in addition to notching the winner.
Syracuse controlled the match from the opening whistle, keeping the ball in the attacking third for the majority of play. The Orange created several chances in the first half, but were unable to break though. Alseth rang the post in the seventh minute after a cross from Julian Buescher. Approximately 13 minutes later it was Buescher again displaying his creativity, sending the ball into Alex Halis who directed a header on frame that was deflected just wide by Penn State goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Despite rainy conditions, a raucous home crowd, and an own goal, the Tar Heels found a way to win 2-1 on the road against 10th-seeded Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
UNC struck first 27 minutes into the match after Tyler Engel took a Verneri Valimaa pass and managed to get off a shot off from a tough angle just two yards from goal for a 1-0 Tar Heel lead.
Charlotte would not go away though, and led the shot count 5-4 at the end of the first half. The 49ers came out firing in the beginning of the second half, determined to even up the score.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 22nd-ranked Virginia men's soccer team rallied to top UNC Wilmington, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Klöckner Stadium. The No. 16 seed in the field, Virginia (11-6-2) advances to face either No. 1 seed Notre Dame or Ohio State next Sunday (Nov. 30); the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes play at 7 p.m. Sunday.
After conceding in the 20th minute, Virginia came back with goals from Sam Hayward (So., Houston, Texas), Jake Rozhansky (Fr., Germantown, Md.) and Kyle McCord (Sr., Chester Springs, Pa.), while Scott Thomsen (Jr., Brick, N.J.) assisted on each of the Cavaliers' first two scores.
Virginia out-shot UNCW, 12-10, including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. UNCW took five corner kicks to three for Virginia. The game featured 32 fouls - 19 on UNCW and 13 against UVa - while the sides combined for five cautions, all of which came in the second half.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Tim Kubel scored in the 87th minute to lead the No. 13 Louisville men's soccer team to a dramatic 2-1 victory over 19th-ranked Saint Louis in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Championship on Sunday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
With Sunday's victory, the Cardinals (11-7-3) will next host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in a third round match on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., at Lynn Stadium. The Retrievers (13-5-4) upset No. 4 Maryland 1-0 on Sunday night in College Park to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in school history.
With Sunday's second round match tied inside the final four minutes of regulation, Kubel (Stuttgart, Germany) delivered for the Cardinals working inside the box from the right side and scoring past Saint Louis (14-5-2) goalkeeper Sascha Otte, who had charged up from his end line position. Kubel's shot deflected off of Otte and bounced out of the reach of a Billikens' backline player and into the goal at the 86:17 mark. It was the team-leading seventh goal of the season for Kubel, including his third game-winner.