Tar Heel Men’s Soccer Edges Clemson, Advances To QFs

Rob Lovejoy netted a pair of goals and goalie Brendan Moore turned aside every shot he faced except for a penalty kick to help the UNC men’s soccer team advance to the final eight in the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 road win over Clemson Sunday evening.

Lovejoy, who missed the entire 2013 season due to a torn groin muscle, was terrific in scoring his fourth and fifth goals of the season for the Tar Heels (15-5-1).

Lovejoy’s first goal came off a superbly placed corner kick by Omar Holness that he headed into the top right corner of the netting for a 1-0 lead 13 minutes in.

The senior forward’s second tally came after he burglarized the ball from Manolo Sanchez in the offensive zone and ripped a shot into the lower right corner of the goal.

The Greensboro native’s second goal came after the midpoint of the second half and snapped a 1-1 tie.

Moore was terrific throughout, using superb positioning and quickness between the pipes to shut down Clemson. The Tigers (12-7-3) lone goal came via a Kyle Fisher penalty kick that he blasted down the middle of the goal at the 23-minute mark of the opening half.

Moore started to go to his right but still nearly booted the shot away, though the force of the drive was too much to be denied. Moore still collected seven saves, compared to just a pair for Tiger netminder Andrew Tarbell.

Otherwise it was match of missed opportunities for Clemson, as Sanchez either shot wide on a few chances or was stymied by Moore. Clemson’s national title count will hold at two, while the Tar Heels will continue their pursuit for a third crown.

UNC moved on to the quarterfinals for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Tar Heels will play the winner of Sunday night’s match between No. 2 seed UCLA and 15th-seed California.


Soccer Sweet Sixteen: Tar Heels @ Tigers

The North Carolina men’s soccer team meets seventh-seeded Clemson Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Round of 16.

The Tar Heels, 14-5-1 on the season, advanced to the third round with a thrilling 2-1 victory at 10th-seed Charlotte last Sunday. Tyler Engel scored both goals for the Heels, including the game winner in the 89th minute.

Clemson, meanwhile, held off Coastal Carolina by the same 2-1 margin in a Monday night matchup on home turf.

The two ACC foes played earlier this season on Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. Carolina fell behind 2-0, but the Tar Heels stormed back and won the match on a Raby George penalty kick in the 102nd minute.

But the Tigers went on the claim the ACC Championship earlier this month at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The winner of Sunday’s match moves on to the quarterfinals and will face the survivor from the California-UCLA contest.


No. 15 Men’s Soccer Visits Clemson in ACC Tourney Quarters

CLEMSON, SC– The ACC Tournament quarterfinals begin Tuesday as No. 15 Carolina travels to Clemson to take on the Tigers at Riggs Field at 7 p.m.

Carolina is the fifth seed in the tournament with an 8-4-5 overall record and a 4-2-5 mark in conference. Last time out on the soccer pitch, the Tar Heels lost 1-0 in overtime to rival N.C.State in the regular season finale.

The winner Tuesday night moves on to the ACC semifinals this Friday in Germantown, Md. at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Carolina has given up a league-low 10 goals this season, the fifth fewest in the entire country.



Men’s Soccer Loses to Clemson, Continues Slide

CHAPEL HILL–The No. 12 UNC men’s soccer team continued its tumble from the top with a Tuesday night overtime loss to No. 13 Clemson.

Carolina dropped the 2-1 decision at Fetzer Field in chilly, damp conditions. The offense was as dreary as the weather as the Tar Heels failed to capitalize on goalkeeper Brendan Moore’s continued fine play, totaling seven saves in this contest.

The shot opportunities may have been few-and-far between for the Tar Heels, but in the 68th minute the equalizer came from midfielder Verneri Valimaa.

Carolina almost walked away with its first conference win at the end of regulation. Jordan McCrary sent the ball over the wide open net off a cross. The game clock expired to send the match into overtime.

Clemson netted the game-winner just 98 seconds into the overtime frame to give UNC its first conference loss and its second loss overall.

The struggling Tar Heels next hit the road to take on Boston College on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.


No. 12 Men’s Soccer Hosts No. 13 Clemson Tuesday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 12 UNC men’s soccer team is midway through its regular season schedule and sees a record unlike many that have come before.

The Tar Heels have tied three of its last four opponents, including the most recent 0-0 decision against Duke. The constant deadlocks together with a 1-0 loss to William & Mary dropped UNC from the top spot to No. 12 in last week’s poll; the new rankings release on Tuesday.

Carolina’s opponent saw some movement in the polls last week as well but in the opposite direction. The Tigers are right next to the Tar Heels at No. 13 moving up three spots. However, Clemson’s last three meetings resulted in a win, overtime loss to Notre Dame, and tie.

Tuesday’s meeting between Carolina and Clemson kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Fetzer Field. You can catch all the action live on ESPN3.