ACC Men's Soccer Quarterfinal ACCtion: Tuesday, Nov. 8
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Top-seeded North Carolina moved on to the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Championship semifinals, while an upset and two overtime matches also highlighted quarterfinal action on Tuesday night.
While the Tar Heels blanked eighth-seeded NC State by a 4-0 score, seventh-seeded Boston College struck for two goals in the first 17 minutes and made them stand for a 2-1 win over second-seeded and defending champion Maryland.
Meanwhile, the battle between third-seeded Duke and sixth-seeded Clemson went into extra periods, as did fourth-ranked Virginia's match against fifth-ranked Wake Forest.
Virginia grabbed a 4-3 win on Brian Span's goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime. The Clemson-Duke match remained tied 0-0 at the end of two overtimes, forcing the issue to be decided on penalty kicks. The Blue Devils outlasted the Tigers, 5-4, to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals.
Tuesday night's matches were played at campus sites of the higher seeded team. The tournament now moves to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., for Friday's semifinal matches and the championship match on Sunday.
Friday's opening match at 5:30 p.m. finds UNC facing Virginia, followed by the Duke-Boston College matchup at 7:30. Both of those games will be shown on ESPN3.
The winners move on to Sunday's championship game, which is scheduled to kick off noon and will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.
College Park, Md. (BCEagles.com) - Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez and junior Charlie Rugg scored early first-half goals to lead the seventh-seeded Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.
Boston College advances to its fifth-straight ACC Championship with the win and will face third-seeded Duke Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Cary, N.C. The match will be aired live on ESPN3.com. The Blue Devils advanced on penalty kicks against Clemson after a scoreless draw.
The Eagles beat Duke in the regular season, 2-1, in double overtime in Newton.
Durham, N.C. - (GoDuke.com) Duke University senior Christopher Tweed-Kent successfully scored on the Blue Devils' sixth penalty kick and junior goalkeeper James Belshaw stopped Clemson's sixth and final shot to lead 24th-ranked and No. 3 seed Duke to a penalty kick shootout victory over the No. 6 seed Tigers in the ACC Men's Soccer Tournament quarterfinal this evening at Koskinen Stadium. The game finished in a 0-0 tie to force the shootout.
Duke advances to the ACC Tournament semifinal for the first time since 2006 when the Blue Devils took home the title and will play seventh seed Boston College on November 11 at 7:30 p.m., at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
"I'm ecstatic," head coach John Kerr said. "It's our first ACC Tournament win since we've been in charge and it's been a long time coming. We didn't play great tonight. We didn't play bad. I thought we played solid defensively and kept them to some lower looks at the goal. They're a dangerous team going forward. They've got some good wide and fast players and we did a good job and I'm very proud of them."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - (TarHeelBlue.com) No. 3 North Carolina tallied four goals in the opening 50 minutes of Tuesday night's ACC Quarterfinal against NC State en route to a 4-0 win over the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels will meet Virginia in the ACC Semifinals Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match can be seen on ESPN3.
Jordan Gafa opened the scoring for the Tar Heels in the 13th minute when he corralled a Kirk Urso free kick from the right flank. Gafa moved to his right and fired a shot on net that deflected off a defender and past the keeper to open the scoring ledger.
Urso spearheaded Carolina's second goal less than 15 minutes before halftime when he fed Enzo Martinez in the middle of the field leading to a long pass into the box that found the head of Matt Hedges. The senior defender made it three straight matches with a goal as he headed the ball past the keeper to put Carolina on a 2-0 advantage.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (VirginiaSports.com) - Brian Span (So., Somers, N.Y.) scored the golden goal with 20 seconds remaining in double overtime to propel the fourth-seeded Virginia men's soccer team to a 4-3 victory over fifth-seeded Wake Forest Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament at Klöckner Stadium.
With the win the Cavaliers (12-6-1) advance to play top-seeded North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Third-seeded Duke will face seventh-seeded Boston College in the second semifinal. Both games will be webcast on ESPN3. The championship game will be played at noon Sunday.
"I knew in the overtime there just was going to be a mistake - both teams were getting tired," UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. "It was either one team catching the other one in transition or a mistake, a goal knocked down. Sure enough it wasn't. To our credit, until the last 20 seconds, we were going for it. We had six guys forward going for the box and we thought we were going to win."