BALTIMORE, NOV. 29 -- Anson Dorrance already has coached the University of North Carolina women's team to an NCAA soccer championship this season. And after today's 1-0 victory over Loyola in the men's quarterfinals, Dorrance is two wins away from another title.

Played before 1,460 rain-drenched spectators at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field, the sixth-ranked Tar Heels got a goal from freshman Derek Missimo late in the first half and survived a few late scares to advance to the semifinals against Clemson. The other semifinal will pit Harvard against San Diego State.

It was the second straight year the 12th-ranked Greyhounds have been eliminated in the quarterfinals. Last year, they lost to Duke, 3-1.

Neither team could play its usual style because of the miserable conditions. There were 76 fouls called and six yellow cards issued by referee Bob Vanderwalker. Neither goalkeeper had to make a difficult save.

"What makes this a little easier to deal with is that we played so well. We have nothing to be ashamed of," Loyola Coach Bill Sento said. "We had ample opportunities, but we couldn't put it away."

The Greyhounds (17-4-2) had many chances to tie it in the second half, but couldn't convert on seven shots on goal or seven corner kicks. It was Loyola's first loss in 18 games and extended the Tar Heels' win streak to nine.

Because of the slick field, the Greyhounds were forced to try to move the ball in the air, which is North Carolina's strength. The Atlantic Coast Conference champions (20-4-1) controlled the air game and didn't allow Loyola any scoring chances in front of the goal.

"We were superior in the {penalty} box, defensively and on the attack," said Dorrance, whose women's team has won six of the last seven NCAA titles.

Missimo, a freshman from Bedford, Tex., scored his 12th goal of the season on a header with 2:33 left in the first half. Sophomore Chad Ashton's corner kick came to Missimo, who is 6-feet-4, on the near post. His solid header from eight yards deflected off the shoulder of Loyola's Mike Cortese and into the upper left corner of the net.

"It was a set play and Chad {12 assists this season} laid it in there perfectly," Missimo said.

At the beginning of the second half, the rain stopped briefly and allowed the Greyhounds more scoring opportunities. But with 6-3 David Smyth dominating every head ball, Loyola couldn't put the ball in the net.

Overall, the Greyhounds had more shots on goal (10-8) and corner kicks (8-5).North Carolina 1 0 1 Loyola 0 0 0

GOALS -- UNC: Missimo, 42:27.

ASSISTS -- UNC: Ashton.

SHOTS -- UNC 8; Loyola 10.

SAVES -- UNC: Royer 4; Loyola: Barrueta 3.