If Tuesday's quarterfinals were any indication of how the rest of the ACC Tournament is going to play out, we are in for one wild tournament.
Defending champion Maryland saw its title defend end after one match as Boston College jumped out to an early two-goal lead before holding off a fierce comeback to post a 2-1 upset victory on Tuesday night.
BC, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Diego Medina-Mendez finished off a Charlie Rugg shot that came off the post. Rugg added his own goal just four minutes later when he raced onto a long pass and finished off his eighth goal of the season. The No. 2 seeded Terps pulled one back courtesy of Casey Townsend, but never found the equalizer.
Boston College will now face Duke in the ACC semifinals on Friday after the Blue Devils posted a penalty kick shootout victory over Clemson. The No. 3 seed Blue Devils failed to finish off the No. 6 Tigers in regulation, and with the match scoreless after two overtimes, Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw made the match-winning penalty save to send Duke to the semis.
In the most dramatic finish of the quarterfinals,
Virginia sophomore Brian Span scored a golden goal with just 20 seconds remaining in double overtime to give the Cavaliers a 4-3 victory over Wake Forest. Virginia saw a 3-1 lead evaporate courtesy of a quick two-goal barrage by the Demon Deacons, but the Cavs responded in overtime courtesy of Span's clutch winner.
Virginia will take on No. 1 seed North Carolina, which posted a 4-0 blowout victory over North Carolina State. Four different Tar Heels scored goals for the team now considered the favorites to lift the ACC championship trophy.
The ACC Tournament semifinals will take place on Friday at Wake-Med Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. North Carolina takes on Virginia at 5:30pm, with Duke facing Boston College at 7:30pm. Both matches can be seen live on ESPN3.com.