Clemson survives shootout to reach Men's College Cup

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 Thomas Moreno 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.

“It’s just 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.

“It’s a 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
#4 Akron 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
#6 Syracuse vs. Boston College, 2 p.m. ET
1 comment about "Clemson survives shootout to reach Men's College Cup".
  1. William Wang, December 5, 2015 at 10:40 p.m.

    Your write-up makes it seem that Moreno's goal was a PK. Actually, it was a very nicely worked team goal from the run of play. He may have been near the penalty spot when he took his shot.

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