Virginia men's soccer captures ACC tournament championship

By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 16, 2009

Freshman forward Will Bates scored in the 16th minute Sunday and Virginia registered its eighth consecutive shutout in defeating North Carolina State, 1-0, for the ACC men's soccer championship in Cary, N.C.

The fifth-seeded Cavaliers (14-3-3), who upset No. 4 Maryland and top-seeded Wake Forest earlier in the tournament, extended their unbeaten streak to 11 and won the league title for the first time in five years (10th overall).

They will receive one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament when the 48-team field is unveiled Monday night.

At least five ACC teams are expected to earn at-large berths.

Bates scored on a seven-yard one-timer against the seventh-seeded Wolfpack (13-6-2) for his team-best eighth goal. He has scored four game-winning goals this season.

The Cavaliers outshot the Wolfpack, 15-8.

Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, the tournament MVP, has not conceded a goal since a 3-1 victory at Virginia Tech on Oct. 17.

Also named to the all-tournament team for Virginia were Tony Tchani, Hunter Jumper and Bates.

American men fall

Top seed Bucknell (16-5) edged visiting American, 1-0, on Brendan Burgdorf's 15th-minute goal to earn its second NCAA berth.

The third-seeded Eagles finished 9-7-3.

Terps women advance

Jasmyne Spencer scored her 10th goal in the 32nd minute as Maryland (14-5-2) advanced to the NCAA tournament round of 16 for the first time in five years with a 1-0 victory over Washington State (14-6-2) in College Park.

The Terrapins, a No. 4 seed, will play at North Carolina (19-3-1), the bracket's top seed, next weekend. . . .

Caroline Miller had two of Virginia's six second-half goals as the Cavaliers (10-5-6) overcame a two-goal deficit to upset fourth-seeded Penn State, 6-2, and roll into the round of 16 against top-seeded UCLA (19-2-1).

Miller's first goal sparked a four-goal surge over seven minutes against the Nittany Lions (13-6-2), who were unbeaten in their previous 10 games. . . .

Marika Gray, a junior from Alexandria, scored twice as third-seeded Virginia Tech handed host Dayton its first loss, 3-1, and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time.

The Hokies (16-7) will play at second-seeded Portland (20-1). The Flyers finished 16-1-6.

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