Harkes’ Golden Goal sends Deacons to national championship game
Ian Harkes netted a breakaway goal in the 103rd minute to lift the Wake Forest men’s soccer team to a 2-1, double-overtime victory over sixth-seeded Denver on Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium to move on to the national championship game.
Wake Forest (19-2-3) will face Stanford (15-3-4), which advanced past North Carolina on penalty kicks 10-9 on Friday night, at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Knotted at 1-1 for 73 minutes of regulation after both teams scored in the first 17 minutes of game action, Harkes found a gap on a counterattack and took a feed from Jon Bakero in which he slotted low inside the left post for the golden goal to advance Wake Forest to its second College Cup final in program history.
In the UNC-Stanford match, each team converted its first nine attempts in the tiebreaker, Stanford's Amir Bashti made it 10-for-10 for the Cardinal, and Tar Heels defender Alex Comsia sent his try over the crossbar to end it.
North Carolina (14-3-4) had the two best chances of the game. Late in the second half, Alan Winn was denied by goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who made a nice save with his legs.
Epstein made the best save of the match in the final seconds of the second overtime on a shot from Tucker Hume. After gaining possession in the right side of the 18-yard box, Hume unleashed a shot that Epstein again saved with his legs.
UNC appeared in the College Cup for the fifth time in the last nine seasons.
UNC: The seventh-seeded Tar Heels saw their season come to an end on Friday night, as 10-seed UCLA ultimately triumphed in a hard-fought battle, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 26-28). The loss was just the fourth of the year for the Heels (29-4), as a memorable season came to an end in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. The Bruins (27-6) advanced to the NCAA Regional Final for the first time since winning the National Championship in 2011 and faced host 2-seed Minnesota on Saturday.
Wake Forest: Amber Campbell scored a game-high 20 points, but the Demon Deacons couldn’t quite hold on against Radford, falling to the Highlanders, 68-60, on Saturday in LJVM Coliseum.
Campbell ended the afternoon 6-of-11 from the field and fell one point shy of matching her season-high of 21 which she set at Illinois on Nov. 30.
The loss marks the first home loss of the season for the Demon Deacons (7-3), who entered Saturday with a perfect 5-0 record.
The Deacons continue their four-game homestand after exams on Sunday, Dec. 18 against Samford. Tip is set for 2 p.m. in LJVM Coliseum.
Raleigh Sports Club: Scott Stankavage, former UNC and NFL quarterback with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins, will be the special guest speaker for Wednesday’s meeting. The meetings will be held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road. Doors open at 10:50 a.m with the meeting lasting from noon until 1 p.m. Attendance fee is $15 for members and $25 for guests.
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