Saturday, December 13, 2008

ALL ACC COLLEGE CUP FINAL

UNC 1, WAKE FOREST 0 – Senior forward Brian Shriver found the back of the net in the fourth minute and junior goalkeeper Brooks Haggerty followed with a career-best seven saves to lead No. 13 seed North Carolina past No. 1 seed Wake Forest. With the win, the Tar Heels (15-7-1) make up half of an all ACC final when they take on Maryland 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

While the Deacs seemed to have the ball in close proximity to the Heels goal for most of the second half, Haggerty and the Carolina back four fended off challenge after Wake challenge. The defending national champion Demon Deacons (21-2-1) were shut out for just the second time this season after scoring 12 goals over their last two postseason victories. With the seven saves, Haggerty posted his third shutout of the postseason.

MARYLAND 1, St. Johns 0 – Senior midfielder Graham Zusi scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the second overtime period to send the Maryland men's soccer team to the national championship game against the Tar Heels.

The Terps entered unfamiliar territory in the second overtime with St. John's being the first team to push the kids from College Park past the first extra stanza this season. Zusi penetrated the Red Storm backline and was fouled just outside the box in the game's 104th minute. Zusi, on his season-high ninth shot of the game, laced a shot past the Red Storm’s keeper into the upper right corner. Game over.

Maryland (22-3-0) is headed back to the finals for the fifth time in program history. The Terps last landed in the championship game in 2005 when they captured the title. Friday's win is the 15th-straight for Maryland and its school-record 14th shutout this season. St. John's ends its season at 19-3-3.

(North Carolina midfielder Billy Schuler (10) celebrates, Tar Heel goalie Brooks Haggerty, right, blocks a shot as Wake Forest forward Cody Arnoux looks to score, and Maryland forward Jason Herrick, left, gets a shove in the back from St. John's defender Joel Gustafsson while battling for a header during the first half. AP Photos/Matt Slocum)

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