Top-seeded North Carolina recovered from two deficits and then prevailed on penalty kicks to defeat No. 13 UCLA on Friday in the NCAA College Cup semifinals in Hoover, Ala. After a 2-2 draw, the Tar Heels won the shootout, 3-1, to advance to Sunday’s final (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU, ESPN3.com) against unseeded Charlotte, which upset No. 2 Creighton on penalties, 4-1, following a 0-0 tie.
The Tar Heels scored the equalizer in the 85th minute when Enzo Martinez’s effort from distance was touched off the right post by diving goalkeeper Brian Rowe and Billy Schuler pushed in the rebound from the edge of the goal line. In the tiebreaker, UNC’s Scott Goodwin stopped the Bruins’ first two attempts.
UNC, making a fourth consecutive appearance in the final four, is seeking its first national title in 10 years. The 49ers, who finished third in the mid-level Atlantic 10 Conference, have never won the NCAA championship.
For the all-American lists, Hermann Trophy finalists and Bob Bradley’s special farewell to longtime Seton Hall coach Manny Schellscheidt.....
NSCAA FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Goalkeeper: Brian Holt, Creighton, Sr.
Defenders: Chris Estridge, Indiana, Sr.; Matthew Hedges, North Carolina, Sr.; Charles Rodriguez, Charlotte, Sr.
Midfielders: Miguel Ibarra, UC Irvine, Sr.; Enzo Martinez, North Carolina, Jr.; Luis Silva, UC Santa Barbara, Sr.
Forwards: Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina, Sr.; Ethan Finlay, Creighton, Sr.; Billy Schuler, North Carolina, Jr.; Andrew Wenger, Duke, Jr.
For the second and third teams, click here.
Hermann Trophy finalists: Finlay, Schuler, Wenger.
Bob Bradley, the former U.S. national team coach, reached out to a few reporters, including the Insider, to share his thoughts about Seton Hall’s Manfred Schellscheidt, who retired this fall after 24 seasons. Schellscheidt, 70, played in the NASL and coached at several levels, including a brief stint at the helm of the U.S. national team in 1975.
“Jim Barlow, the Princeton soccer coach, emailed me with the news that Manfred Schellscheidt was stepping down as soccer coach at Seton Hall University. I immediately dialed Manfred’s number like I have done thousands of times the last 24 years, and heard my friend’s voice answer, ’Seton Hall soccer office.’ Of course, I knew it was 24 years because 1987 was such an important year in my life.
“On July 26, 1987, the Union Lancers, a U-19 club team that Manfred and I coached together, won the McGuire Cup at the St. Louis Soccer Park. The date sticks in my head because it was the due date for our first child. For the record, Michael was born five days later. That fall Manfred was my part-time assistant at Princeton, and when the Seton Hall job opened with Eddie Kelly leaving to go to Boston College, Manfred had his first full-time coaching position. He locked up his tool box at the tool-and-dye shop with the idea that it would always be there if he went back. As it turned out, that never happened. Manfred was just too busy coaching and teaching the game to anyone who was lucky enough to be around him.
“I consider myself the luckiest of all because I had the opportunity to share the game with him in so many ways. We coached club teams, ODP teams and youth national teams. I also played in countless pick-up games that Manfred organized with his amazing ability to commandeer any decent field or gym in New Jersey. For him, coaching meant experiencing and understanding the lessons of the game, and there was no better way than playing. I started a tradition of playing in the gym in Princeton on Christmas Eve morning, and Manfred is still the first to show up for those games today. He always talked about learning from the game and for so many players, coaches, journalists and soccer people in general, the experience of sharing the game with Manfred won’t be forgotten.
“For the past 24 years, wherever I’ve been, the Seton Hall soccer office was always the first place I would turn to talk to my friend and mentor about the game. He has always reminded me that the game keeps us all honest. Thanks, Manfred.”