Maryland Terrapins win ACC men's soccer championship, defeating top seed North Carolina
Matt Kassel converted an early penalty kick and Maryland held off severe pressure in the second half to defeat top-seeded North Carolina, 1-0, in the ACC men's soccer championship match Sunday in Cary, N.C.
In claiming their fourth conference title, the second-seeded Terrapins (17-2-1) extended their winning streak to 13 and claimed an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The 48-team field will be unveiled Monday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Maryland is certain to receive a bye and host a second-round game Sunday.
Kassel scored in the 14th minute after a handball on the Tar Heels (16-3-1), who, despite playing shorthanded the last 55 minutes following Michael Farfan's red card, were superior in the second half. Maryland defender Alex Lee preserved the lead by blocking Martin Murphy's shot on the goal line with his chest. UNC's Robbie Lovejoy missed a golden chance in the late moments, shooting wide on an angled bid from eight yards.
Goalkeeper Zac MacMath registered his 13th shutout for Maryland, which has conceded just one goal in the past six matches.
In the second round of the NCAA women's tournament, Georgetown upset Maryland, the top seed in the region, on penalty kicks (3-2) after a 1-1 draw.
| November 14, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories: College Soccer | Tags: Maryland Terrapins
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