NCAA Men's Soccer ACCtion: Sunday, November 27
Nov. 27, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Forward Billy Schuler found some overtime magic once again Sunday afternoon as he slotted a ball past the Indiana goalkeeper to give No. 1 UNC a 1-0 win over No. 16 Indiana. The win advances Carolina to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year, where the Tar Heels will take on the winner of Brown at St. Mary's Saturday Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.
Senior captain Kirk Urso forced a turnover of Indiana's Chris Estridge at the top of the box in the 97th minute and Schuler jumped on the loose ball. Schuler turned to his right where he was met by a pair of IU defenders. Carolina's leading scorer moved back to his left and sent a shot to the far post where it found the side netting to give Carolina the 1-0 win and advance the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight.
Schuler's tally was his 15th of the year as he moved into a tie for eighth place in school single season history. The goal was Schuler's team-leading eight game winner of the year and third game winner in overtime.
The teams battled to a scoreless draw after the 45 minutes as the Hoosiers were the aggressors in the early going. Indiana managed to force three corner kicks in the opening five minutes but the Tar Heel backline was equal to the task.
The Hoosiers' best chance of the first half came about off of one of the corners when A.J. Corrado's corner found the head of Tommy Meyer on the back post but Meyer's header went wide of the target.
After the initial attack, the Tar Heels answered with a run by Ben Speas. The junior forward was streaking down the middle of the pitch with the ball at his feet before sending a pass to his right where Billy Schuler was making a run. Schuler settled the ball and worked toward the middle of the field before flicking a shot on goal that Indiana's Luis Soffner saved.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Colin Rolfe recorded a goal and three assists as No. 12 Louisville defeated No. 5 Maryland 4-2 in the third round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Sunday.
Rolfe created space on the wing and played a low cross to teammate Daniel Keller for the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to advance the Cardinals (14-6-2) to the NCAA quarterfinals.
The game opened at a frantic pace and a Rolfe breakaway in just the second minute set the tone for what would be a shaky night for a Maryland backline that was without omnipresent senior center back Alex Lee.
Maryland, who made its nation-best 10th straight appearance in the third round Sunday, settled in and controlled possession, but was caught on its heels in the 19th minute as Rolfe found Nick DeLeon with a menacing through ball behind the Terrapin defense. DeLeon tapped the ball over freshman goalkeeper Keith Cardona from five yards out to take the early 1-0 advantage.