GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson and Wake Forest advanced to the 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship Game with wins in semifinal action on Wednesday night.
Both teams advanced in dramatic fashion. Clemson scored the game winner with 1:30 left in the game, and Wake Forest tallied the golden goal 1:29 into overtime after allowing the equalizer with under a minute remaining in regulation.
In Clemson, South Carolina, eighth-seeded Boston College and fourth-seeded Clemson remained locked in a scoreless battle for over 88 minutes before Alex Happi scored with 1:30 left on the clock. The senior headed in a free kick from Aaron Jones for his first goal of the season.
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest’s Hayden Partain scored his third of the season in the 29th minute to give the Demon Deacons the early lead. Second-seeded Wake Forest held off a pressing No. 3 Louisville attack for most of the second half, before Tum Kubel scored the equalizer with 50 seconds remaining. Just 1:29 into overtime, Ema Twumasi recorded his fourth of the year to send the Demon Deacons to the championship.
For Clemson, this will be the seventh trip to the ACC Championship in program history and second in three years. In 2014, the Tigers defeated Louisville, 2-1, in double overtime to win the title.
This will be the fifth trip to the ACC Championship for Wake Forest and first since 2007. The Demon Deacons will be looking for their first league championship since 1989, when they defeated Duke in the title game.
In regular season action, Clemson defeated Wake Forest at home, 1-0, on September 30 on a goal by Diego Campos.
The ACC Championship Game will be played at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship
Wednesday-Thursday, November 2-3 (Campus Sites)
#8 Boston College t. #9 Virginia Tech, 2-2 (PKs 4-3)
#5 Syracuse d. #12 Pitt, 4-0
#6 Virginia d. #11 NC State, 1-0
#7 Notre Dame d. #10 Duke, 3-2 (OT)
Sunday, November 6 (Campus Sites)
#8 Boston College d. #1 North Carolina, 1-0
#4 Clemson t. #5 Syracuse, 1-1 (PKs 4-2)
#3 Louisville d. #6 Virginia, 1-0
#2 Wake Forest d. #7 Notre Dame, 1-0
Wednesday, November 9 (Campus Sites)
#4 Clemson d. #8 Boston College, 1-0
#2 Wake Forest d. #3 Louisville, 2-1 (OT)
Sunday, November 13 (MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, S.C.)