College soccer: No. 6 Tar Heels fall to Clemson; NCSU, Wake tie

From News ReleasesOctober 8, 2013 

— After No. 6 North Carolina played its sixth ACC game on Tuesday, the Tar Heels still don't have an conference win.

North Carolina fell to No. 17 Clemson 2-1 in overtime at Fetzer Field to fall to 0-1-5 in league play and 3-2-5 overall.

Clemson (8-2-1, 3-2-1 ACC) scored just 1:38 into overtime on a finish from the left side by Ara Amirkhanian. He scored off a cross by teammate Alexandre Happi for his sixth goal of the season.

North Carolina came up on the wrong end of an overtime decision for the first time this season and just the fourth time in the last six years.

Carolina keeper Brendan Moore had seven saves. Clemson’s Andrew Tarbell had two.

N.C. State 2, No. 10 Wake Forest 2 (2OT): N.C. State men’s soccer nearly broke through in the first overtime period, but settled for the draw against Wake Forest at Dail Soccer Stadium.

The Wolfpack (4-3-3, 1-3-2) produced a pair of potentially game-winning chances in the first overtime period.

Danny DiPrima created a turnover near the Wake Forest (6-2-3, 4-0-2) end line in the 94th minute. Nick Surkamp gathered a cross from DiPrima and put a shot on goal, but was denied by the diving Deacon keeper. Travis Wannemuehler claimed the rebound and fired to the left post, but a Wake defender slid in to clear it off the line. State’s defense rose to the challenge from there to preserve a 2-2 tie.

Women’s basketball

Duke: Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were among the 25 players announced Tuesday for Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2013-14 preseason “Wade Watch” list.

Gray, a two-time All-American senior guard, has totaled 1,026 points, 423 assists, 248 steals and 407 rebounds, while seeing action in 92 contests. She is the single-season record holder for Duke in assists (201) and needs 157 to pass Lindsey Harding (579) for the all-time career mark.

Williams, a 6-foot-3 junior center, averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks a year ago. She ranked eighth nationally in blocks.

Duke is one of four schools with at least two players – California, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Connecticut, which has four.

Cross country

Duke: Following Friday’s first-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational, Juliet Bottorff was named ACC Performer of the Week. The honor, her second of the season, came a day after Bottorff received a United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Athlete of the Week honorable mention.

Men’s golf

N.C. State: Sophomore Carter Page fired a career-best 215, good for a tie for eighth, to help N.C. State to a third-place finish in the Wolfpack Invitational with a score of 865. The Wolfpack finished behind only East Tennessee State (843) and UNC Greensboro (854).

“Carter is starting to become a leader,” coach Richard Sykes said in a release. “We’re looking for that. We’re looking for some guys to step up and take over out there.”

Jacob McBride fired rounds of 70, 69 and 77 in his first collegiate event to tie for 11th. His score was not only second for N.C. State but led the Wolfpack’s second team in the tournament, which also finished tied for 11th.

“We have a lot of good players, but we need all of them playing well,” Sykes added. “I feel like we wasted a lot of strokes at this tournament. We’ve got some things to get better at, and we’ll get to work and see if we can get it done.”

Women’s golf

ECU: In its final event of the fall season, East Carolina carded a 19-over-par 307 to finish third at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate at the Greenville Country Club.

“It was a tough week for us from a weather standpoint and mentally we didn’t adjust and that affected our play,” ECU coach Kevin Williams said in a release. “But we will learn from this minor set back and turn our focus to the preparing for the spring. Overall, I was pleased with the team as a whole recording four top four finishes.”

Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug recorded a final-round 74 to claim a share of fifth place and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Teammate Frida Gustafsson Spang shot added a final-round 74 to tie for 12th.

East Tennessee State claimed team honors with a final round score of 13-over 301 and a 54-hole total of 897 finishing four shots ahead of Middle Tennessee (901). Rounding out the top five were ECU (904), Georgia State (908) and Old Dominion (909).

Swimming and diving

N.C. State: Sophomore Kristin Connors and freshman Grant Saale earned ACC weekly awards for their standout performances at the All-North Carolina Invitational.

Saale earned ACC Male Diver of the Week accolades. The freshman finished first on the 1-meter springboard with a total of 287.25. Saale finished the competition more than 70 points better than the event’s second-place finisher.

Connors was Female Swimmer of the Week honors. She earned victories in three events, including the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.50) and the 200 free (1:51.71). She teamed with juniors Hannah Freyman and Lauren Poli, as well as freshman Natalie Labonge to earn first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.31). In addition, Connors was also third in the 400 medley relay (3:52.22) along with Kaitlin Mills, Poli and Anne Leuthold.

Duke: Senior Hunter Knight was ACC Male Swimmer of the Week for the first time in his career.

Knight broke his own meet record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.92 and took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.64. He earned All-ACC honors in each event last season.

Knight’s performances propelled the Duke men to a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams despite the squad only participating on the second day of the two-day event.

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