Eight ACC Men's Soccer Teams Advance to NCAA Sweet 16

Orange Shut Out Dartmouth, Advance To NCAA Tournament Third Round

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Cuse.com)– Senior Sergio Camargo scored twice and sophomore goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert made four saves to lead No. 8-seed Syracuse to a 3-0 victory against Dartmouth in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Orange advance to the third round for the third consecutive year where they will face the winner of tonight's match between No. 9 seed North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium.

"It was hard work today," said Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre. "We feel privileged to be advancing and still be playing next week. You know you have a good team if you can still be playing over Thanksgiving break. We have a good group and I think we deserved it over the 90 minutes. That was a wonderful Dartmouth team."

Syracuse (12-3-4) applied pressure early and took the lead in the seventh minute. Camargo got off a shot that Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok deflected to senior Chris Nanco, who put his shot from the right side into the back of the net for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. 


Virginia Tops Vermont 2-1 In Double Overtime

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (VirginiaSports.com) - Pablo Aguilar drove through traffic and scored the dramatic golden goal in the 103rd minute to lift the Virginia men's soccer team to a 2-1, come-from-behind win over Vermont on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Klöckner Stadium. The No. 12 seed in the tournament, Virginia (11-3-5) advanced to face No. 5 seed Stanford or Pacific next weekend; the Cardinal and Tigers play at 8 p.m. ET in Palo Alto, Calif.

Playing in its 36th straight NCAA tournament, UVA fell behind 1-0 in the 62nd minute but came back thanks to a 76th-minute goal from Paddy Foss and Aguilar's heroics in double overtime. Vermont concluded its season with a 14-7-1 record.

"Any team this time of year, to win in that fashion puts wind in your sails," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "When you get that first NCAA tournament win under your belt, it just puts wind in your sails and that is what we got. Our perseverance and mental toughness, as well as the guys that came on, made a difference. It was a great win for us."

In his 21st season at the helm of the Virginia program, Gelnovatch recorded his 295th career win, matching his predecessor, Bruce Arena, for the career wins record at UVA. 


No. 2 Wake Forest Shuts Out Coastal Carolina 2-0 In NCAA Second Round

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WakeForestSports.com) -  Second-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer flexed its muscles Sunday afternoon in defeating Coastal Carolina 2-0 at Spry Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jacori Hayes scored the game-winner in the 21st minute and Luis Argudo doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute after coming up with an open-field steal as Wake Forest improved to 16-2-3 on the season. Coastal Carolina's season comes to an end with a final record of 10-7-3. Wake Forest has now advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons and for the seventh time since the 2006 season.

Hayes notched his eighth goal of the year when Ema Twumasi used creative ballwork at the top of the box before chipping his feed over the Coastal Carolina back line. Hayes shielded his defender and lifted his shot over CCU goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz to score his fifth game-winner of the season and 10th in the last two seasons combined.

In the second half with Coastal Carolina looking for the equalizer, Argudo pressured a Coastal Carolina defender and picked the ball off his feet at the top of the penalty area to create a chance. After taking a few touches, he slotted his shot to the left side of goal for his first goal as a Demon Deacon.


Hokies Upset No. 10 Charlotte To Advance To The Sweet 16

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (HokieSports.com) - The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team (12-4-4) defeated the No. 10 Charlotte 49rs (12-4-2) 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Two Hokies netted goals to bring Tech their 12th win of the season.

The first 20 minutes of the game played out as a back and forth battle. Charlotte got on the board from a goal by Daniel Bruce. Bruce took an initial shot pulling Virginia Tech goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard out of the box. Bruce was able to regroup and find the rebound. Charlotte was able to hold possession for the remainder of the half, taking six shots.

The Hokies came out strong in the beginning of the second half, seeing a great chance by Gino Rossi four minutes in. Tech drew a penalty kick in the 50th minute off a 49er hand ball in the box. Marcelo Acuna netted his tenth goal of the season and equalized the score at 1-1. Acuna struck again 10 minutes later off an assist from Brendan Moyers inside the box. UNC Charlotte answered with the equalizer with seven minutes left in the game. Brandt Bronico was able to net another goal for the 49ers off an assist from Bruce. The freshman Nico Quashie came off of the bench with five minutes left in the game and three minutes later netted the Hokies’ third goal of the night off a breakaway run to win it.

Virginia Tech will travel to No. 7 Indiana Nov. 27 for the Sweet Sixteen matchup of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


Happi’s Dagger Sends Clemson To Sweet 16

CLEMSON, S.C. (ClemsonTigers.com) - The third-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team advances to the Sweet 16 after defeating in-state rival South Carolina 2-1 in overtime. Clemson improves to (13-3-5) and South Carolina finishes their season (11-8-1) overall. The Tigers now turn their attention to Albany next Sunday, Nov 27 for a Sweet 16 matchup.

In the opening, 20 minutes of play the Gamecocks outshot the Tigers 5-0 and continued to put pressure on the backline of Clemson. In the 21st-minute senior Austen Burnikel was able to head the ball toward the net before it was cleared off the goal line by a Gamecock defender to keep the match scoreless. For the remainder of the half, play would be back and forth, but the two sides would head into the half knotted at zero.

Clemson came out and controlled the possession for the first 25 minutes of the second half but was unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. In the 73rd-minute the Gamecocks lofted a ball into the box that was deflected into the net, giving South Carolina a 1-0 lead. In the 85th-minute senior Alex Happi was played a ball from senior Iman Mafi to put him in a position to finish the ball into the back of the net to level the score at one. As time expired senior Aaron Jones placed his free kick just wide and the match would head into overtime.


No. 13 Irish Drop Loyola 1-0, Advance To NCAA Third Round

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (UND.com) - Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year Jon Gallagher lived up to his recently earned moniker during a competitive second round NCAA Championship match on Sunday night. Facing a game effort from visiting Loyola, Gallagher notched his 13th goal of the season (fifth game-winner) on a great feed from Mark Gormley in the 78th minute to guide the No. 13 seed University of Notre Dame men's soccer team to a 1-0 win at Alumni Stadium.

Notre Dame (12-6-2) advances to the NCAA Round of 16 next Sunday, where it will face fourth-seeded Louisville after the Cardinals survived a 2-1 decision in overtime against UCLA in the tournament's second round. The Irish outshot Loyola (14-4-1) 15-6 during the contest, including 8-0 in the first half.


Hume's Golden Goal Lifts Carolina Past FGCU

CHAPEL HILL (GoHeels.com) - Tucker Hume's driving header in the 105th minute of play lifted ninth-seeded North Carolina past FGCU 3-2 Sunday night at Fetzer Field. Hume's goal, his second of the game, sent the Tar Heels into the final 16 of the NCAA Championship for the 16th time in program history. Nils Bruening's short-range finish in the 86th minute forced overtime for UNC, which will face ACC rival Syracuse for a spot in the national quarterfinals next Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cam Lindley almost won it in regulation with a thumping strike off the crossbar in the 88th minute, but UNC would head to overtime for the second time in the last three postseasons.

Neither team threatened in the first 10-minute period of overtime, but the Tar Heels were able to avoid a penalty shootout thanks to a moment of magic from Melo. The senior collected a loose ball off of a corner and beat his man at the top of the box before serving Hume for the game-winning goal. It was his third assist of the night and Hume's seventh goal of the year, and it set off a wild celebration in front of the Fetzer Field crowd.


Schmitt’s Overtime Goal Propels Louisville Past UCLA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (GoCards.com) - Tate Schmitt's header in the 94th minute lifted the No. 4 University of Louisville men's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime victory against UCLA in Sunday night's NCAA Championship second round match at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

Less than four minutes into the first golden goal overtime period, sophomore Danny Reynolds delivered a perfectly placed cross from the left side of the field into the box, where Schmitt connected with a header scoring inside the right post for the clincher. The fourth goal of the season and the 11th career tally for the sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona pushed Louisville (13-5-2) into the third round of the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

The Cardinals, who reached 13 wins in a season for the first time since finishing 14-6-1 in 2012, will host Atlantic Coast Conference foe and 13th-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday (Nov. 27) at 5 p.m., ET at Lynn Stadium.

The NCAA third round contest with Notre Dame will be a rematch of Cardinals' 1-0 victory over the Fighting Irish on September 16 at Lynn Stadium. Louisville and Notre Dame are among eight ACC teams to advance to the 16-team third round of the NCAA Championship.


BC’s Season Comes To A Conclusion At Albany

ALBANY, N.Y.  (BCEagles.com)  - Boston College could not solve Albany's defense as the Great Danes shutout the Eagles, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bob Ford Field on Sunday afternoon.

Zeiko Lewis offered the first chance of the game with a burst of speed down the right side, but he ran out of room before his attempt had a decent chance on Albany goalkeeper Danny Vitiello.

Boston College had back-to-back corner kicks in the ninth minute but both attempts were cleared out by Albany.

The Great Danes struck first on their first corner kick attempt at the 11:08 mark. Moosah Khanat sent the corner kick into the box and Bernardo Mattos duped his defender and deflected the cross with the header past Saladin for the 1-0 lead.

Albany doubled its lead in the first half at the 27:34 mark on a breakaway. Afonso Pinheiro threaded the needle with a pass through the Eagles' backfield and Nico Solabarrieta managed to stay onside, accepted the pass and went in alone on Saladin. Solabarrieta lifted his shot over Saladin, who charged in and attempted to cut off the angle, but Solabarrieta's shot was too quick for the 2-0 lead.

Johnson put a hard offer onto Vitiello from about 25 yards with under two minutes to play in the first half but it sailed through the box to keep the score 2-0 through the first half.