NCAA Men's Soccer: Six ACC Teams Advance Out of Second Round

ACC teams were 5-1-1 in second round action with six advancing to the Sweet 16.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Late-game heroics again by Jon Bakero lifted No. 1 Wake Forest men's soccer to a 1-0 victory over Charlotte on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Spry Stadium.

With the game scoreless in the 83rd minute, Bakero headed home his eighth goal of the season to send Wake Forest to the third round of the tournament. The goal was set up on a beautiful cross from Ian Harkes along the right sideline. He sent the ball into the box where Bakero was waiting in front of goal and finished the chance, beating Charlotte goalkeeper Austin Pack to the left side.

Bakero's goal is his third game-winner of the season and seventh of his career. He was also the goal-scorer on Oct. 23 in the victory over Notre Dame, as the sophomore from Sitges, Spain, lifted Wake Forest over the Irish on a goal in the 87th minute.

The victory moves Wake Forest to 16-2-2 on the season while Charlotte's campaign ends at 11-6-3. The Demon Deacons now await No. 16 Indiana on next weekend in the Sweet 16. The win is Wake Forest's first NCAA Championship win since beating Navy 2-1 at home in the first round of the 2013 tournament. Next weekend's Wake Forest/Indiana contest will be played in Winston-Salem at Spry Stadium. Time and date of the game are still to be determined. Indiana beat Connecticut 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington to advance.



CHAPEL HILL—No. 4 North Carolina scored early and never let up in its 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina Sunday night at Fetzer Field in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

The fifth-seeded Tar Heels advance to the third round for the sixth time in the last seven years, and will face No. 12 seed Creighton next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill. The Bluejays won 5-1 over Drake on Sunday.

Tucker Hume punched in the first goal just two minutes into the match, the fastest goal of the season for North Carolina (15-1-3). The offensive push started with a drive from Raby George, who found David October in the box. October connected with Hume, and the redshirt junior ripped it past the fingertips of keeper Fernando Pina for his ACC-leading 11th goal of the season.

Carolina controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, the only major break coming from a steal from Tobenna Uzo. Uzo worked past the Tar Heel defense for a one-on-one matchup with goalie James Pyle, but Pyle’s aggressiveness led to the save and kept the Chanticleers (13-3-4) scoreless.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 6 Syracuse will play in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament third round for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four years after defeating Dartmouth, 2-1, at the SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Orange overcame an early deficit and had a late defensive stand in the victory.

Syracuse (14-5-3) immediately applied offensive pressure but couldn't connect its passes in the final third. Although the Orange was dominating possession, Dartmouth (12-6-1) was the first to get on the scoreboard when Matt Greer played a through ball to Justin Donawa, who put his shot into the back of the net in 30th minute. It was the first goal Syracuse had allowed in more than 245 minutes of action and it marked the first time the Orange trailed in a match since the season finale on Oct. 30.
 
Junior Ben Polk answered for the Orange less than four minutes later. He took a pass from sophomore Julien Buescher with his back to the goal. Polk turned and fired a shot, which went off the crossbar and landed past the goal line for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Despite controlling the run of play for the majority of Sunday's NCAA Championship Round of 32 match, the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team needed to dig that much deeper against Tulsa. A deadlocked 1-1 draw after 110 minutes yielded the first Irish shootout of 2015 and No. 7 seed Notre Dame answered the call, advancing 3-0 on penalty kicks in what was a chilly day at Alumni Stadium.

Notre Dame (11-4-6) welcomes No. 10 Maryland for a Nov. 29 showdown at Alumni Stadium in the NCAA Round of 16. The Irish reached the tournament's final 16 for the fourth consecutive year, marking the first time in program history that a class (2016) has reached the NCAA's second weekend in each of its four competitive seasons.  

Jeffrey Farina had the best Irish look in the overtime periods, camped near the left post in the 97th minute. A flick toward the corner of the net hit the iron and caromed out to thwart the Notre Dame game-winning chance. The game entered the penalty shootout stage after both teams managed four shots each during the 20 extra minutes.



TAMPA, Fla. - Simon Enstrom buried a tic-tac-toe play triggered by Trevor Davock and set up by Zeiko Lewis in the 98th minute and first session of overtime. South Florida was issued a red card in the 26th minute giving BC a man advantage for the duration of the match. An Isaac Normesinu tally in the 74th minute gave the Eagles the early advantage but the Bulls countered in the 89th minute to force overtime. Enstrom's ninth goal of the season sealed the Eagles spot in the round of the Sweet 16.

Boston College dominated the first half, recording three grade-A shots on net and did not allow South Florida a shot in the opening 45 minutes. In the 14th minute, Simon Enstrom blasted a shot at the top of the box through traffic but was thwarted by USF goaltender Spasoie Stefanovic.

Enstrom logged his second shot on net from out deep on a feed from Zeiko Lewis across from the right side of the pitch. Boston College gained a huge advantage in the 26th minute when USF's Lindo Mfeka was issued a yellow card and moments later, was shown a red card to give the Eagles a man advantage the rest of the game.



CLEMSON, S.C. – Four different players scored five goals to help the No. 2 National Seed Tigers to a 5-2 victory over Elon in the NCAA Second Round on Sunday night at Historic Riggs Field. The five goals were the most scored by Clemson in an NCAA tournament contest in exactly 17 years, when the Tigers defeated Lafayette 5-0 on Nov. 22, 1998. With Sunday win, Clemson improved to 16-2-2 overall and secured a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16. Elon concluded its season at 14-6-1 with the loss.

Senior forward T.J. Casner scored two of the Tigers’ five goals, his ninth and 10th of the season, and also tallied an assist in the match. His first goal gave Clemson a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute, and was assisted by junior defender Iman Mafi and sophomore midfielder Michael Melvin. Casner’s second goal came just over two minutes into the second half, at the 47:17 mark, and was again assisted by Mafi.

Mafi concluded the game with one goal, scored on a penalty kick in the 81st minute after sophomore midfielder Oliver Shannon was taken down in the box, and an impressive three assists. The three assists in a single game put him in a tie for sixth in Clemson history in that category. Mafi now has a team-best eight assists on the season.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia men’s soccer team concluded its season with a 1-0 defeat to 10th-seeded Maryland Sunday in a second-round match of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Ludwig Field in College Park. Virginia finishes the season with a 10-5-3 record.

Maryland out-shot UVA 23-8 and put six shots on goal to two for the Cavaliers. Virginia goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell(So., Todd, N.C.) recorded five saves, while Maryland keeper Cody Niedermeier was credited with two saves.

Maryland created a host of quality chances in the first half before finishing in the 38th minute. After a UVA foul set up a Maryland free kick about 30 yards from goal, Mael Corboz sent in the kick and found Eryk Williamson inside the 6-yard box. Williamson chipped the ball past Caldwell for the goal, his fourth goal of the year.