Tar Heels men lose to UC Irvine in NCAA men’s soccer tournament

From News ReleasesNovember 24, 2013 

— UC Irvine (15-4-3) scored with 2 seconds left in the match to advance in the NCAA men’s tournament. Christopher Santana was credited with the game winner at 89:58.

The Tar Heels (9-6-5) failed to make the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 primarily because its offense could not muster enough quality scoring chances. Omar Holness had the only shot of the second half, but his attempt went well wide and high late in the match.

Wake Forest 2, Navy 1: Ricky Greensfelder scored the winner in the 54th minute on his first career goal, lifting the host Deacons (10-5-5) past Navy (16-4-2) at Spry Stadium.

The Deacons advance to the third round for the first time since 2009. They will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Wisconsin game.

Navy had its 15-game winning streak snapped.

Women’s soccer

Duke wins: The Blue Devils defeated Arkansas 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. The game was tied 2-2 going into the shootout.

Duke (9-8-6) advances to the quarterfinal round for the seventh time in program history and for the third straight season. The Blue Devils will take on top-seeded and ACC Tournament runner-up Virginia Tech at 4 p.m Friday in Blacksburg, Va.

“It’s just unbelievable. It’s unbelievable,” Duke coach Robbie Church said. “There’s not that many people that believed we’d be in the final eight. A lot of people had written us off throughout the course of the year. This team finds ways to fight back. It wasn’t our best game of the year. We left a lot of chances out there. You have to give Arkansas a lot of credit. They fought, hung in there, and did what they do best. They were able to get their two goals, but we’re moving on.”

Kim DeCesare scored both goals for Duke, and Arkansas (15-8-1) battled back from a goal down twice to force overtime. It marked Duke’s seventh overtime game of the season and eighth for the Razorbacks.

Virginia 2, Wake Forest 0: Wake Forest (12-7-2) played No. 1 Virginia (23-1) to a scoreless first half, but the host Cavaliers broke through at the start of the second half, scoring twice in the first four minutes to defeat the Deacons in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

“I want to congratulate Steve (Swanson) and Virginia on a great performance tonight,” Wake Forest coach Tony da Luz said. “Our kids fought ’til the end. We had a really bad start to the second half obviously, and from there it was an uphill battle.”

The Cavaliers advance to the quarterfinals where they will host No. 3 Michigan.

Women’s volleyball

Duke: The 13th-ranked Blue Devils’ 11-match winning streak come to an end at No. 19 Florida State 25-22, 25-22, 25-17.

North Carolina: Coach Joe Sagula earned his 700th career victory as the Tar Heels claimed a 29-27, 25-19, 26-28, 19-25, 20-18 victory over host Maryland.

N.C. State: Host Pittsburgh beat the Wolfpack 25-21, 25-16, 25-20.


N.C. State: The Wolfpack breezed to three victories in the first three duals of the season. The Wolfpack downed Gardner-Webb 37-0, Lindsey Wilson 34-12 and UNC Pembroke 39-6.

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