Syracuse, Notre Dame knock off Clemson & Notre Dame; Marshall beats Charlotte on PKs
Lower seeded teams in both ACC semifinals prevailed on Wednesday night but you can hardly call them upsets.
No. 13 Syracuse dominated No. 2 Clemson, beating the Tigers 2-0 on goals in each half from Ben Polk and limiting the hosts to only one shot on goal in front of 1,355 at Historic Riggs Field. The Orange took out their second top five team in a span of four days after advancing to the semifinals on penalty kicks against North Carolina and will play for their first ACC Championship title.
No. 9 Notre Dame disrupted top-ranked Wake Forest’s offense and after getting a lead through freshman Thomas Ueland in the 60th minute didn’t budge in the final half hour in front of a post-season record 5,009 at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem.
Goalkeeper Chris Hubbard made five saves to keep the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard for just the third time this season (Elon beat them 1-0 in September and NC State played them to a scoreless draw) in a physical match that saw the Irish concede 12 fouls and two yellow cards.
Syracuse will travel to South Bend for the ACC Championship title game against Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Marshall advance on PKs, South Carolina tops New Mexico and FIU defeats in Old Dominion
After finishing the regular season with a win over Old Dominion, Marshall opened their Conference USA Tournament with a strong showing against No. 24 Charlotte that ended with them advancing on penalty kicks to Friday’s semifinal.
Charlotte opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a goal from Harrison Steadman, but Rimario Gordon responded two minutes later to round out the night’s scoring. The Thundering Herd defense kept the 49ers off the board the rest of the way, snapping Kyle Parker’s eight-game goal-scoring streak. Goalkeeper Dominik Reining was a big reason why with eight saves on the night.
New Mexico’s Conference USA woes continued with a first round exit to South Carolina, which ended the Lobos season on a Bjorn Gudjonsson goal in the 78th minute. The Gamecocks take on Marshall in one semifinal and Kentucky will take on FIU, which beat Old Dominion 4-2 on Wednesday.
Paul Marie and Luis Betancur put FIU up with a pair of goals inside the first half hour, but Old Dominion stormed back with goals from Josue Henriquez in the 33rd minute and Ryan Condotta in the 47th, leaving Daniel Gonzalez to play the hero with a 79th minute winner. Jamar Campion-Hinds put the game away with a goal in the 82nd minute to make it 4-2.
UC Santa Barbara advance; Cal Poly tripped up by Cal State Fullerton
UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly won’t be meeting for a third time this season after the Mustangs were knocked out of the Big West Tournament with a 3-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday.
George Grote put the Mustangs up in the 30th minute but the Titans responded with three unanswered goals to book a place in the final with a 3-1 win. Diego Sanchez had two of the goals and Julian Okai scored a 36th minute equalizer.
The Gauchos beat UC Davis for the third time in three weeks on a 79th minute goal from reserve forward Ahinga Selemani, who netted his fifth of the season.
Vermont and Binghamton will meet in America East Championship Game
Vermont snapped UMBC’s 426-minute scoreless streak with a goal in the 49th minute and scored again in the third minute of overtime to set up a conference final match with Binghamton.
Brian Wright scored the opening goal of the game and Bernard Yeboah delivered the game-winner after Michael Scott tied the game in the 65th minute.
Binghamton got the game winner in the 80th minute from Logan Roberts and goalkeeper Robert Moewes made seven saves to preserve the clean sheet and the 1-0 win against Albany.