Virginia, North Carolina Oust #ACCMSoccer Foes to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

 

UNC Advances To NCAA Quarters With 2-1 Win Over Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - Rob Lovejoy scored twice for North Carolina in the 2-1 victory over seventh-seed Clemson in a NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship third round match on Sunday.

North Carolina (15-5-1) reaches the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth time in the last seven years. UNC will play the winner of the match between No. 2 seed UCLA and 15th-seed California that begins at 10 p.m. ET. The quarterfinal match will take place either Dec. 5 or 6.

Lovejoy broke the tie when he struck a perfect shot into the lower-right corner past the diving Clemson keeper in the 71st minute.

He beat his defender down the left side, pulled inside and drove the ball into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season and fourth career postseason tally.

UNC keeper Brendan Moore was stout in goal all evening long, coming up with seven saves. One of his best came in the 78th minute off the foot of Diego Campos to keep the visiting Tar Heels in front.

   

Virginia Ousts Top-Seeded Notre Dame, 1-0, in NCAA Third Round

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Virginia men's soccer team upset top-seeded Notre Dame, 1-0, Sunday evening in the third round of the NCAA tournament at Alumni Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The No. 16 seed in the field, Virginia (12-6-2) got an 82nd-minute goal from Nicko Corriveau (So., Potomac, Md.) to advance to face No. 8 seed Georgetown at 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 6) in Washington, D.C.

The reigning national champion, Notre Dame finishes its season with a 12-4-4 record. Virginia will play in the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year and the 19th time in program history.

The win was just the third true road victory ever for Virginia in NCAA tournament play and the first since Nov. 26, 2003, at Wake Forest. The other was a 3-0 win at Rutgers in the 1989 NCAA Semifinals.

Notre Dame out-shot Virginia, 11-8, while both teams had two shots on goal. UVa goalkeeper Calle Brown (R-Sr., Leesburg, Va.) saved both shots he faced, while Notre Dame keeper Patrick Wall stopped one shot. Brown recorded his eighth clean sheet of the season.

  

Syracuse Falls to Georgetown, 2-1, in OT

WASHINGTON -- The No. 9-seeded Syracuse men's soccer team fell to the No. 8-seeded Georgetown Hoyas by a score of 2-1 in an overtime match on Sunday, Nov. 30 in our nation's capital.

The Orange got the first scoring opportunity of the match in the 19th minute when Julian Buescher found some space in the attacking end and got a shot on net that beat Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, but was cleared to safety by a Hoya defender.

Alex Muyl answered back with a scoring chance for the Hoyas in the 28th minute, unleashing a hard shot from distance that goalkeeper Alex Bono turned away with a diving save.

Early in the second half, Alex Halis broke the stalemate and found the back of the net. Buescher used some fancy footwork to carry the ball into the the box, and found Halis with a crafty heel pass who buried a shot into the far side of the net in the 55th minute.

 

Louisville Ends Season With NCAA Loss to UMBC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - UMBC converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute of action and made the goal stand in a 1-0 victory over the 13th-seeded Louisville men's soccer team in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Championship at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

The Cardinals ended their season at 11-8-3 overall, while the Retrievers improved to 14-5-4 and will next challenge No. 12 seed Creighton in an NCAA quarterfinal match on Friday in Omaha, Neb. It will be UMBC's first trip to an NCAA quarterfinal game in any sport in the school's NCAA Division I history.

After 20 minutes of back and forth play, UMBC jumped ahead 1-0 after Louisville was called for a foul in the 18-yard box on a handball. Mamadou Kansaye was able to convert, sending the ball to the top left corner of the goal for the one-goal advantage for the Retrievers. The rest of the half remained scoreless, with both teams having few scoring chances. The teams finished the half with four shots apiece, while the Cardinals held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.