NCAA Men's Soccer ACCtion: Sunday, November 28

Nov. 28, 2010

Martinez Comes Through Late For Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels were down to the final seconds Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field but sophomore Enzo Martinez came through with just nine seconds remaining to force overtime against Michigan State. The Tar Heels picked up another save from Scott Goodwin and a second-straight 5-4 penalty shootout win to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the third straight year.

The Tar Heels were looking at elimination as the clock ticked down Sunday afternoon but Carolina's leading scorer came through once again. Carolina earned a corner kick with less than a minute to play that Michael Farfan sent in with only 18 seconds remaining. The Spartans attempted to head the ball away but were only able to get the ball out of the box to a waiting Enzo Martinez.

Martinez called off goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who had pushed forward for the corner kick, and made a touch to his right before lofting a ball to the top right corner of the goal. Michigan State's Avery Steinlage leaped for the ball but was unable to get a finger on it as pandemonium ensued with Martinez being mobbed by his teammates with only nine seconds showing on the clock.

As overtime commenced it looked like it would end early as MSU's Garret Back made a run in the 92nd minute. A Spartan midfielder fed Back a ball behind the Tar Heel defense. Back reached the ball just as Scott Goodwin was coming out forcing a shot into the hands of Goodwin. The ball bounced off Goodwin and was bounding toward the goal but rolled wide giving the Spartans a corner kick instead of the game-winning goal.

Kemp's Late Strike Propels Terps to Quarterfinals

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Taylor Kemp's full volley in the 88th minute vaulted No. 2 seed Maryland past No. 15 Penn State, 1-0, in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Sunday.

Kemp's first goal as a Terrapin could not have come at a better time as it would be the last of 21 shots Maryland fired on the evening, but it's first and only on goal. Maryland (19-2-1) stumped a powerful Penn State offense, led by the nation's top goal-scorer Corey Hertzog. Hertzog was held to only one shot as the Terps registered its program-record tying 15th shutout in 2010.

The Terps began the game with a flurry, rifling off five shots in the first 10 minutes of play before a key save from Zac MacMath at 21:09 got the Maryland defense in on the action. MacMath ended the day with a game-high three saves.

After a highly-contested first half which saw the two teams a mere one shot apart on the scoresheet, the Terps blew the game open in the second stanza, outshooting the Nittany Lions 14-2. Kemp's 20-yard blast came off a set piece at 87:58 after the ball ricocheted out past the 18. It was a scenario that head coach Sasho Cirovski had been emphasizing to his young defender for quite some time.

"It's been an ongoing joke with Taylor all year about when he's going to get his first goal because he gets forward so well," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "He's had some great crosses all year. He's a threat on long-distance shots and has come close so many times. So to get the goal today, I think that is why the team erupted so much, because we have all been waiting for that moment and we are delighted it came on this big stage."