#15 Men's Soccer Topped in ACC Championship, 1-0
CARY, N.C. – No. 6 Virginia’s Will Bates scored the game’s lone goal in the 16th minute, as the Cavaliers outlasted a last-minute NC State attack to win the 2009 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park, 1-0.
“We gave everything we had,” said NC State coach George Tarantini. “The toughest part right know is to know this senior class will not get to play in such a great event like the ACC Tournament again. They are a group of first class guys who have done so much for our program, and have bright futures ahead of them.”
The Wolfpack (13-6-2) started the ACC Tournament advancing past No. 2 North Carolina on penalty kicks, 4-1, and then downed Boston College, 1-0, to advance to the championship game. NC State will now wait word on the NCAA Tournament on Monday.
Virginia (13-3-3) jumped out to the lead in the 16th minute of play. Hunter Jumper played a ball into the Pack penalty box from the left wing. Jordan Evens got a touch to it, and found Will Bates behind the Pack defense for the goal at the 15:12 mark from six yards out.
The Pack came right back down field, as Alan Sanchez had a shot saved by UVA’s Diego Restrepo less than a minute later. The Pack’s best chance of the first half came after keeper Christopher Widman’s long boot found Ronnie Bouemboue, but his shot was just high in the 24th minute.
In the first 45 minutes, UVA outshot the Pack 5-3, with each team having just one shot on goal.
NC State came out of the locker room pushing forward more, and had two quality chances in the first 10 minutes of the half. Kris Byrd collected a rebound and fired a shot on goal, but his shot bounced off the chest of a UVA defender just three minutes into the half. Sanchez had another chance 10 minutes in when he got a step behind the defense, but UVA’s Restrepo came sliding out of the goal to cut off his shot.
UVA would end the game with a 15-8 edge on just, including 5-3 in shots on goal. Widman finished with four saves, while Restrepo had two in the Cav’s net. Virginia has now recorded eight straight shutouts and has not allowed a goal in 837 minutes.
“Their defense is really well organized, and it is tough to get the ball behind that backline,” said Bouemboue. “We gave all our today, we have been playing our hearts out all season. Now we have to prepare for the NCAA Tournament.”
Seniors Ronnie Bouemboue, Alan Sanchez and Christopher Widman were all named to the ACC All-Tournament team.
NC State will now await its NCAA fate, when the 2009 NCAA Tournament field will be announced late Monday afternoon live on ESPN News at 5:30 p.m.
“We will be even more determined and continue to work hard for as long as we continue to play this year,” said Tarantini. “This is not a goodbye. We have a lot to look forward to, and we will be ready.”
NCSU 0 0 -- 0
UVA 1 0 -- 1
Scoring: Virginia’s Bates from Evans and Jumper at 15:12
Shots: NCSU 8, UVA 15
Saves: NCSU 4 (Widman 4), UVA 3 (Restrepo 2)
Corner Kicks: NCSU 2, UVA 3
Fouls: NCSU 16, UVA 16
Records: NC State 13-6-2, Virginia 13-3-3