NCAA Division I Men's Tournament: Marshall knocks off top seed Clemson

Marshall upset top seed Clemson in the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament with a 7-6 victory in a shootout after their match ended tied at 1-1.

After seven rounds, the shootout was tied 6-6. Brazilian Vitor Dias won the game in the eighth round after German goalkeeper Oliver Semmle made a great save to stop Clemson's Quinn McNeill.

Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said Semmle is "the best goalkeeper in the country, hands down." Semmle played at two different junior colleges, Barton College in Kansas and 2019 NJCAA champion Monroe College in The Bronx, before arriving at Marshall. He was one of four Germans in the starting lineup to go along with four Brazilians, one Canadian, one Englishman and Collin Mocyunas, a former West Virginia high school midfielder of the year.
The Thundering Herd moves into the quarterfinals for the first time on Monday when it will face 2019 champion Georgetown.

"Our goal is not to beat the number one team," added Grassie, who is in his fourth season at Marshall. "It is to be the No. 1 team. This is over and done, put it behind us and moving on to the next one."

The other seed to fall was No. 4 Stanford, which dropped a 1-0 decision to North Carolina on a goal by English midfielder Joe Pickering, a graduate transfer from ETSU. Unseeded UNC's record is only 8-4-4, but it advanced to its ninth NCAA quarterfinal since 2008, most of any school in the nation in that span.

The final eight consists of three teams from the ACC (No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 5 Wake Forest and North Carolina), two from the Big East (No. 6 Seton Hall and No. 8 Georgetown) and one each from the Big Ten (No. 3 Indiana), Pac-12 (No. 7 Washington) and Conference USA (Marshall).

Third Round:
Thursday, May 6
No. 1 Clemson 1 Marshall 1. (Goals: Johnson 32; Schneider 15. Att.: 185.)
(Marshall wins 7-6 on penalties.)
No. 2 Pittsburgh 4. UCF 0. (Goals: Petkovic 1, 22, Dexter 12, Noel 65. Att.: 86.)
No. 3 Indiana 2 Marquette 1. (Goals: Endeley 70, Goumballe 80; Franklin 44. Att.: 86.)
No. 4 Stanford 0 North Carolina 1. (Goal: Pickering 14. Att.: 185.)
No. 5 Wake Forest 2 Kentucky 1. (Goals: Holcomb 20, 62; Lindow 66. Att.: 156.)
No. 6 Seton Hall 2 Virginia Tech 2. (Goals: Williams 45, Borg 81; Blacklock 14, 56. Att.: 132.)
(Seton Hall wins 7-6 on penalties.)
No. 7 Washington 2 Missouri State 0. (Goals: Meek 65, Scardina 79. Att.: 150.)
No. 8 Georgetown 3 Penn State 2. (Goals: Polvara  pen. 9, Riviere 30, Ngoh 45; Mangione pen. 13, Bloyou 59. Att.: 167.)

Monday, May 10
No. 8 Georgetown (10-1-2) vs. Marshall (10-2-3)
No. 2 Pittsburgh (15-3-0) vs. No. 7 Washington (12-3-0)
No. 3 Indiana (10-1-2) vs. No. 6 Seton Hall (10-1-4)
No. 5 Wake Forest (13-2-2) vs. North Carolina (8-4-4)
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