No. 2 seed Clemson beat Maryland, 3-1, in a shootout after their game ended 1-1 to advance to the Men's College Cup for the first time in a decade.
Clemson struck first with a goal by
from the penalty spot in the 58th minute but Alex Crognale
equalized for the Terrapins 15 minutes later.
The Terrapins dominated the first half with an 8-1
advantage in shots, but three saves by redshirt junior keeper Andrew Tarbell
kept them off the scoreboard.
Tarbell and Maryland's Cody Niedermeier
both made two saves in the
shootout. Iman Mafi
, T.J. Casner
and Moreno scored PKs for Clemson, Mael Corboz
was the only Terrapin who converted from the spot kick.
instincts,” Tarbell said of his two saves. “We practice PKs, but that doesn’t simulate the game atmosphere. It’s about instincts and confidence, and also about the belief in
your teammates that they are going to score.”
Maryland lost freshman star Amar Sejdic
with a red card for two yellow cards with nearly nine minutes remaining in the second
overtime period. Chris Odoi-Atsem
extended the game to the shootout, using his body to block a shot at the goal line at the end of the second overtime period.
cruel way to not advance but I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible effort our players put forth,” Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski
said. “We battled all the way through the
final whistle. We blocked shots, we made plays and I thought we played great soccer." NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Schedule:
Dec. 4 in Clemson, South Carolina
#2 Clemson 1 #10 Maryland 1
(Clemson wins 3-1 on penalties.)
Dec. 5 in Akron, Ohio
vs. #12 Creighton, 4 p.m. ET
Dec. 5 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#1 Wake Forest vs. #8 Stanford, 7 p.m. ET Dec. 5 in Syracuse, New York
Syracuse vs. Boston College, 2 p.m. ET