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Maryland Terrapins win ACC men's soccer championship, defeating top seed North Carolina

By Steve Goff

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.

By Steve Goff  | November 14, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  Maryland Terrapins  
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Even as a UMD fan I thought the UNC sending off was a bit harsh. It is also ridiculous that I live in Flagstaff and I got the Big East Championship, the ACC Championship and the CUSA Championship on the tube. To bad I don't have the time to watch all the games (I only saw about fifteen minutes of the UMD-UNC game while making lunch)

Posted by: grubbsbl | November 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Terps, wh9o seem to have the "Big Mo" going into the NCAAs.

Speaking of NCAAs, on the one hand sports like soccer and basketball can have conference a well as a 48 team (64 (?) in the case of basketball) tournament to determine conference and national
champions; but on the other hand, in football, no way no how is there ever gonna be a playoff to determine the national champion.

Of course, it has to to with what university presidents value most, namely money; but what in particular is the money angle? Do they really believe that the amounts of money they rake in would be less "obscene" if they went to a playoff system in adddition to the bowl games? Or maybe they just like the controversy. I don't know, but it sure is strange.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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