The University of Maryland and North Carolina have been two of the top teams in the national all season, and a showdown in the ACC Final always seemed inevitable, but Clemson and Virginia tried their best to spoil the party.
Patrick Mullins made sure the Tigers didn’t grab Maryland’s place in the championship, scoring a late equalizer to force overtime, where a Clemson own goal helped give the SBI No. 2 Terrapins a 2-1 win and a place in the ACC Tournament Final.
North Carolina had an even tougher time reaching the final, needing a penalty kick shootout victory over Clemson. Senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made a crucial save in the fifth round of penalty kicks to send the defending champion Tar Heels through to Sunday’s final.
In the Big East, Dillon Powers scored the lone goal in Notre Dame’s 1-0 semifinal victory against UConn, while freshman Brandon Allen continued his dramatic goal-scoring ways by delivering a winner in the 110th minute to give Georgetown a 2-1 victory against Marquette. The Fighting Irish and Hoyas will meet in the Big East Final on Sunday at PPL Park.
Here is a rundown of Friday’s college tournament semifinal action around the country:
FRIDAY COLLEGE RESULTS
Maryland 2, Clemson 1 (OT). (RECAP)
North Carolina 0, Virginia 0 (Carolina won in penalty kicks). (RECAP)
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
Georgetown 2, Marquette 1. (RECAP)
Notre Dame 1, UConn 0. (RECAP)
ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT
VCU 1, Charlotte 0. (RECAP)
Saint Louis 1, Xavier 0. (RECAP)
Akron 2, Bowling Green 0. (RECAP)
Northern Illinois 1, West Virginia 0. (RECAP)
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Michigan 3, Northwestern 0. (RECAP)
Michigan State 3, Penn State 1. (RECAP)
BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT
Coastal Carolina 2, High Point 1. (RECAP)
Winthrop 2, Radford 1 (OT). (RECAP)
MOUNTAIN PACIFIC TOURNAMENT
New Mexico 3, Denver 0. (RECAP)
Air Force 2, CSU-Bakersfield 1. (RECAP)
MISSOURI VALLEY TOURNAMENT
Creighton 3, Drake 2. (2OT). (RECAP)
SIU-Edwardsville 2, Central Arkansas 0. (RECAP)