Semifinals Set for ACC Men's Soccer Championship

Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, and Wake Forest advance 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, and Wake Forest are headed to the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship Semifinals.

No. 8 Boston College upset No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0. The Eagles’ lone goal came in the 58th minute, when Zeiko Lewis snuck in a shot past a diving James Pyle. Lewis has scored all three of the goals for Boston College in the ACC Championship. 

A 75th minute goal from Jacori Hayes sent No. 2 Wake Forest past No. 7 Notre Dame with a 1-0 victory. The Demon Deacons have reached the ACC semifinals in back-to-back years for the first time since 2008-09

Tim Kubel notched his second goal of the season in the 55th minute to lead No. 3 Louisville past No. 6 Virginia, 1-0. The Cardinals will make their second ACC semifinal appearance in the last three seasons. 

A 67th minute goal from Clemson’s Diego Campos and a Syracuse equalizer from Sergio Camargo in the 86th minute sent the game to overtime, where neither team was able to tally the golden goal. In penalty kicks, No. 4 Clemson advanced with a 4-2 edge over No. 5 Syracuse. 

Scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the semifinals will be held in Clemson, South Carolina, where the fourth-seeded Tigers host No. 8 Boston College, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where No. 2 Wake Forest welcomes No. 3 Louisville. Clemson and Wake Forest are hosting the ACC semifinals for the second straight year. 

The first three rounds of the 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship are held at the campus of the higher seed. The semifinal winners will advance to the ACC Championship Game, which 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.

Boston College and Clemson faced off during the regular season on Oct. 14 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with the game ending in 0-0 draw. Wake Forest defeated Louisville, 2-1, on Oct. 15 in Winston-Salem. 

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)
#8 Boston College at #4 Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
#3 Louisville at #2 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

No. 8 Boston College knocks off No. 1 North Carolina, while higher seeds Wake Forest, Louisville and Clemson advance.

CHAPEL HILL - Top seed North Carolina was upended by #8 seed Boston College, 1–0, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon from Fetzer Field.

Zeiko Lewis scored on a shot that was severely deflected off a Tar Heel defender in the 58th minute that held up for the game winner. It was Lewis’ sixth goal of the season, and third in two postseason ACC matches.

The goal snapped a streak of over 373 minutes since Carolina last conceded a goal that came against Duke on Oct. 14 in Durham. 

Saladin made seven saves for Boston College (8-7-3), who snapped a seven-match losing streak to the Tar Heels.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest, ranked No. 2 in the nation and the No. 2 seed in the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament, advanced to the conference semifinals with a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Notre Dame at Spry Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jacori Hayes scored in the 75th minute in front of Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill to lift the Demon Deacons to the victory. He took a pass and avoided multiple Irish defenders before getting just a bit of space to take his shot. With the ball on his right foot, Hayes fired his shot for the right post and it bent just inside the iron well out of the reach of Notre Dame keeper Chris Hubbard.

The victory moves Wake Forest to 13-2-3 on the season while Notre Dame now stands at 11-6-2. The Demon Deacons are now unbeaten in their last seven games while Notre Dame has now dropped five of its last seven. Now in the ACC Semifinals, the Demon Deacons have reached the semis in back-to-back years for the first time since 2008 and 2009. A season ago, Notre Dame eliminated Wake Forest in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory at Spry Stadium.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The second goal of the season for junior Tim Kubel proved to be enough as the 10th-ranked and third-seeded University of Louisville men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 ACC Championship with Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 victory over No. 17 Virginia at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

With the victory, the Cardinals (12-4-2) will make their second ACC semifinal appearance in the last three seasons when they challenge No. 2 ranked and second-seeded Wake Forest Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons (13-2-3) advanced to the final four of the ACC Championship with Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Notre Dame.

Playing a nationally ranked opponent for the ninth time in 18 matches this season, Louisville secured the only goal of the afternoon when Kubel scored inside the left post from 23 yards out in the 55th minute. The scoring chance started with a corner kick from sophomore Danny Reynolds, which sailed inside the six-yard box before a Virginia (10-3-5) defender cleared the ball outside the 18. Kubel then gained possession before scoring his 14th career goal with a right-footed blast. 

Defensively, graduate goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland finished with a trio of saves in earning his 10th shutout of the season. The 10 shutouts for the Cardinals are their highest total in a single season since registering 11 clean sheets in 2011. 

CLEMSON, S.C. - The third-ranked Clemson men’s soccer team advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals after a thrilling penalty shootout against seventh-ranked Syracuse. The Tigers move to 11-2-5 and host the seventh-seeded Boston College Eagles on Wednesday night at Historic Riggs Field at 7:00 p.m.

Just seconds into the second half Diego Campos nearly gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead when his shot curled just past the post. Syracuse quickly countered and had a chance of their own before senior Alex Happi came up with a huge block inside the six-yard box. In the 66th-minute Campos got in behind the defense from a long ball played by sophomore Patrick Bunk-Andersen and slid the ball past Hilpert to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. With four minutes remaining in the match a handball was called against the Tigers in the box, and Sergio Camargo put away his penalty chance to even the score at one, sending the match to overtime for the third straight time between Clemson and Syracuse.

For the penalty shootout redshirt sophomore Brady Allardice was put in the net where he came up with two huge saves to put the Tigers in a great position. The stage was set for Campos, and he delivered by burying the game-winning penalty to give the Tigers a 4-2 advantage. With the win, the Tigers advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second straight year.