TAMPA, DEC. 1 -- Senior midfielder Mike Miller scored the second goal of his college career today, giving third-ranked Rutgers a 1-0 victory over No. 1 Evansville in the first semifinal match of the NCAA Division I men's soccer championships.
Later, second-ranked UCLA battled fourth-ranked North Carolina State for 120 scoreless minutes, then outscored the Wolfpack, 5-3, in a penalty-kick tiebreaker for a 1-0 victory.
Rutgers (20-2-2) will play UCLA (18-1-4) for the championship Sunday afternoon.
The Bruins last won the title in 1985 with a 1-0, eight-overtime victory over American University.
"I was worried about their ability to come back," said Rutgers Coach Bob Reasso. "They're a good team, and good teams never quit. It was not one of our better games, but we played sound defense."
Miller's goal came with 1:27 remaining in an otherwise uneventful first half. His header from eight yards came against Evansville goalkeeper Trey Harrington. Forward Lino DiCuollo provided the assist.
"I can't remember the last time I scored," Miller said. "But this one today was fun."
Evansville (24-1-2) had an 8-4 advantage in shots, including a 6-1 edge in the second half. The Aces' final good chance came with 3:25 left, but forward Shane Schmidt's hard shot sailed over the crossbar.
Last year Rutgers lost at home in the semifinals to eventual co-champion Virginia, 3-0. The Cavaliers and Santa Clara played to a 1-1 tie after 150 minutes in below zero temperatures in Piscataway, N.J. Because of the conditions, the NCAA moved the Final Four to a neutral site.
In today's second game, the Wolfpack (17-5-1) outshot the Bruins by 33-14, but were unable to put a shot past goalkeeper Brad Frieder. In the tiebreaker, Tim Gallegos, Joe-Max Moore, Sam George, Chris Henderson and Mark Sharp scored for UCLA.
Alex Sanchez, Henry Gutierrez and Roy Lassiter scored for N.C. State. The Wolfpack's only miss was by sophomore back Scott Schweitzer, whose attempt was deflected by Frieder.
Rutgers beat the Bruins, 2-1, on Oct. 14 in a regular season game in Los Angeles.
"Obviously, that will motivate us to play them," UCLA Coach Sigi Schmid said. "That will be a much more important game, and we feel really fortunate to be getting there. North Carolina State played a much better game than we did today."
The Bruins will be without midfielder Ray Fernandez, who was ejected near the end of the first overtime period after punching Lassiter in the stomach.