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Amirkhanian keeps Tar Heels winless in ACC
October 8th, 2013 11:57PM
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[NORTH CAROLINA-CLEMSON: Men] Ara Amirkhanian’s golden goal 98 seconds into overtime gave No. 17 Clemson a 2-1 win at No. 6 North Carolina for the Tigers' biggest win of the season. The loss left the Tar Heels winless in the ACC in six games (0-1-6).

Amirkhanian ran on to a cross from Tigers freshman Austen Burnikel and his shot for his sixth goal of the year. Clemson goalkeeper Andrew Tarbellhad set up the play with a long punt to Burnikel and was also credited with an assist on the winner.

Clemson had stunned Carolina, taking the lead after North Carolina defenderJonathan Campbellwas whistled for a hand ball inside the box just 64 seconds into the match.

Carolina keeper Brendan Mooremade the initial save on the penalty kick fromThomas McNamara, but the ball went directly back to McNamara, who put away the rebound.

North Carolina scored the equalizer in the 68th minute when Verneri Valimaa scored his first goal of the season on assists from Josh Rice andOmar Holness.

“That was a big win for us,” said Clemson coach Mike Noonan. “On the last goal, Burnikel played a great ball to Amirkhanian, who scored the game-winner for us. Kyle Fisherplayed great in defense, McNamara was his usual self, and Alexandre Rome’o Happialso had a good game. I was very proud of the entire team."


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